Most people are familiar with the portrait photography of Annie Leibovitz, but her recent volume, A Photographer’s Life: 1990-2005, provides more of an intimate view and works as a portrait of Leibovitz herself. Not only is this glorious book full of celebrity photos, and Leibovitz certainly has a way of making each glimpse seem awfully personal, but serves as a way of getting to Leibovitz as well. Her family and friends are well documented over the fifteen years covered in this book, especially her very close friend, the late Susan Sontag during her illness. Leibovitz’s travels are interspersed and help connect some of the details of the photographer’s life and work to a bigger picture. A beautiful book to leaf through, and to contemplate.
Hardcover, 472 pages. Random House, 2006, $44.99 at Amazon.