- Hardcover: 246 pages
- Publisher: Random House (November 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 978-0375505089
- ISBN-13: 978-0375505089
- ASIN: 0375505083
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Extraordinary images….When I leafed through Pilgrimage, I was astounded....I urge you to take a look at this remarkable and powerful book.”
--Anna Wintour, Vogue
“The view from the window of the greenhouse where Virginia Woolf wrote her novels, Thomas Jefferson’s vegetable garden at Monticello, an etching copied onto the walls of the Alcott family home in Massachusetts by May Alcott (the inspiration for Amy in Little Women) scale down our perception of these large personalities to intensely human dimensions and draw us into the intimate texture of their lives....Leibovitz has produced a book without people, and yet portraits are everywhere on its pages, and in them a profound sense of life’s bold fragility and art’s imperfect beauty.
--Eve MacSweeney, Vogue
"Gazing at the traces left behind by her favorite artists, traces of their lives, their creature habits, Ms. Leibovitz finds something to nurture all of us — something about integrity, staying true to a vision. She forges a connection to the past that informs the way she is moving forward."
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We all marvel at her gift for portraiture that reveals more of her subjects than might otherwise be expected. But the photographs and text in this collection are so personal and touching that they afford us a view to the other side of the camera. The artist herself revealed.
I love Doris Kearns Goodwin's observation that the two have inhabited the same places, yet have seen different things. And I'm thrilled by the subjects Annie chose for this book. These are people and their places that I'd have chosen to research more deeply myself. She found a way in with her unique perspective, shaping an illuminating path for us.
A native New Yorker, I moved to northern New Mexico after more than a decade in Ireland. It's impossible to capture the 'color' of these worlds photographically, you just have to soak it in while you're there. The drive down 'the hill' from Los Alamos and up to Abiquiu is heart-stopping and never gets old. You sense Georgia O'Keeffe sitting beside you, feeling her art all along the way. Annie gets this.
Travel down from the Pajarito Plateau, between Battleship Rock and the Black Mesa, then north past the pueblos to Abiquiu. Drive it in a Miata with the top down. I did this with my elderly German aunt, visiting from Florida. When she wasn't dumbstruck by that day's sky and landscape, she squealed with delight as we zipped through storms, beaming sun bumping black sky, raindrops evaporating before they hit our heads.
That's the sort of joy this book gives me. You can soak it in for that moment, then return and see different things. Thank you, Annie and daughters, for sharing this journey.
Leibovitz has used a digital camera to create many of these images. Sometimes they are a little fuzzy - especially the image of the door in Georgia O'Keefe's house at Abiquiu, when I wished the image had more definition. But these pictures were taken when something caught at Leibovitz's heart, and compelled her to capture what she saw. Technically they are not as fine as some of the images in her other books, but they are emotionally right on target.
The introduction by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Leibovitz's own narrative throughout the book are excellent guides to the people and places she has been captivated by.
Her choice of subjects for her pilgrimages is excellent. I pay homage to her artistic sensibility.
The text and photos are completely jumbled, so that you're reading about one experience while seeing photos about another - for instance, reading about her journey to learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt while seeing photos connected with Abraham Lincoln.
It's so disconcerting - like being in a museum where the art is mis-labeled.
Seriously, what were they thinking? If you care about such details, this book will only frustrate and disappoint.
I admit to being a bit enchanted by this quirky, rather egocentric book for a while. But it did become tiresome by about the 2/3rds mark. Its rather disjointed structure, with site narratives beginning and ending without any logical construction or order got on my nerves. And the layout and placement of images (which are not very well reproduced) seems to have absolutely no relationship to the accompanying text.
So I have to honestly give this a shrug. I know that there are plenty of Annie Leibovitz fans who worship anything she leaves for them. They'll like this book sight unseen. But I came away with a rather sad impression of a person who's just a bit lost in life and time.