- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (November 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375505105
- ISBN-13: 978-0375505102
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Annie Leibovitz at Work Hardcover – November 18, 2008
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This is a hardcover book published with a dust jacket by Random House with a stated First Edition of 2008. Text is based on conversations with Sharon Delano and it includes numerous color and black and white photographs of Leibovitz's work including the Yoko Ono-John Lennon picture.
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I was right, but it's not what I expected.
A better title would be "Annie Leibovitz: On Work."
This is not a coffee table book, and it's not mainly photographs. For each image there's at least a full page of editorial, maybe two or three pages, as the author describes how each shot came about and her thoughts about the experience. The book is smaller than you might think--a little shorter and narrower than a Time magazine--and the photos smaller than you'd expect. Few are larger than a postcard.
There's no dust jacket, just a paper band that wraps around the bottom.
I was expecting the book to include technical shot-by-shot details, with background images showing reflectors, stylists and such. No such luck. Leibovitz does, however, include an insightful essay about the equipment she has used over the years, as well as an FAQ list. "What advice do you have for a photographer that's just starting out?" "Stay close to home." (She goes on to elaborate.)
The stories, though, are interesting, much like those in A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel. Because Leibovitz has such a clean writing style, and her subjects are often celebrities, the book is a pleasant read, and every bit the unique addition to my library I was hoping for. Now that I've spent some time with it, I actually prefer that the book isn't bigger; it's much easier to sit back and spend time with it this way.
Getting back to the images, some of them really stayed with me. Besides the famous shot of Demi Moore that became a cover of Vanity Fair, there's another one, straight on, with the top of the naked actress fully exposed. A shot of Arnold Schwarzenegger on a white stallion looks like something from Herbert List. A simple portrait of Patti Smith has the revealing facial details and expression like the best work of Richard Avedon. Then there's a 1980s photo of Rev. Al Sharpton getting his hair done at a beauty salon. Made me laugh out loud.
I know many of these shots have been published before, but it is interesting to be able to flip from one to the other.
Here's the chapter list:
1. Nixon's Resignation
2. The Rolling Stones
3. John and Yoko
4. Conceptual Pictures
6. Al Sharpton
7. Arnold Schwarzenegger
9. Demi Moore
11. Peak Performance
13. O.J. Simpson
15. Patti Smith
19. Presence and Charisma
20. Being There
21. My Mother
25. The Queen
26. The Process
27. The Road West
29. Ten Most-Asked Questions
30. Publishing History
It was a thoroughly entertaining quick read. I have returned to some of the photographs and her accompanying narration some of which stuck with me for a long while after the initial read.
However, if you are expecting a book that will technically explain each of her photographs or give you a better understanding of how a camera functions, this is not the book for you. If you want to hear stories from the heart of someone who has spent her life working in the field of photography, I recommend this wonderful book.
Honestly, I doubt I will read much nor will my photography colleagues. This is a visual industry and the cover suggests that there will be insight into the process, the execution, the "work".
If you want to see her work, I would not suggest this book.