Annie Leibovitz has been a working photographer for 40 years. She was the chief photographer for Rolling Stone and then the first contributing photographer for the revived Vanity Fair. In addition to her editorial work at Vanity Fair, and later at Vogue, she has created several award-winning advertising campaigns.
The well renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz is the latest artist to be added to a long list of other artists who have been added to the SUMO volumes (published by Taschen). Measuring in at two and a half feet tall and weighing a hefty 57 pounds the book contains over 476 pages of work that spans 40 years and showcases imagery that has been seen in publications such as Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue. A supplementary book that’s about half the size features essays by Leibovitz, Graydon Carter, Paul Roth, and Hans Ulrich Obris and brief descriptions of the 250 photographs.
The project took several years to develop and proved to be revelatory. Annie Leibovitz drew from over 40 years of work, starting with the viscerally intimate reportage she created for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s and extending through the more stylized portraiture of her work for Vanity Fair and Vogue. Celebrated images such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono entwined in a last embrace are printed alongside portraits that have rarely, and sometimes never before, been seen.
Annie Leibovitz was able to present some of her famous group portraits in a format that proves that she is the master of the genre. Her pictures are at once intimate and iconic, wide-ranging stylistically and also uniquely hers. Annie Leibovitz is often imitated, particularly by younger photographers, but her work is somehow immediately recognizable.
Some Book reviews:
“Intimate and sublime.” Madame Figaro, Paris
“This isn’t one for the shelf – left open at any page, it becomes a work of art in the room.” Elle UK
“There is just one word that describes Annie Leibovitz…wow.” Vanityfair.com