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Annie Leibovitz got her start at Rolling Stone in the early seventies. There she made a name for herself and produced some of the publication's most well-known photographs, including the famous shot of a naked John Lennon wrapping himself around a fully clothed Yoko Ono. She went on to become the chief photographer for Vanity Fair, and has been exhibited in scores of art galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Leibovitz's style appears comfortable and ingenuous, to the point of being effortless. And yet, she has the remarkable ability of revealing more than just the features of her subjects — she captures who they are and how they feel. In Women, Leibovitz is both photographer and photojournalist. The obvious connection between her subjects is gender, but the women portrayed couldn't be more varied. This collection provides a catalog of American women from all walks of life in their everyday element: from celebrities to construction workers, astronauts, athletes, teachers, politicians, soldiers, and artists. "Each of these pictures must stand on its own," writes Susan Sontag in the book's accompanying essay. "But the ensemble says, So this is what women are now — as different, as varied, as heroic, as forlorn, as conventional, as unconventional as this." Women may be remembered as the definitive photographic documentary of its subject at the turn of the century.
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The photographs by Annie Leibovitz in Women, taken especially for the book, encompass a broad spectrum of subjects: a rap artist, an astronaut, two Supreme Court justices, farmers, coal miners, movie stars, showgirls, rodeo riders, socialites, reporters, dancers, a maid, a general, a surgeon, the First Lady of the United States, the secretary of state, a senator, rock stars, prostitutes, teachers, singers, athletes, poets, writers, painters, musicians, theater directors, political activists, performance artists, and businesswomen. "Each of these pictures must stand on its own," Susan Sontag writes in the essay that accompanies the portraits. "But the ensemble says, So this what women are now — as different, as varied, as heroic, as forlorn, as conventional, as unconventional as this."

Review:

"With her always penetrating and frequently ironic eye, Leibovitz has taken a haunting image of Joni Mitchell beside a fountain in an eerie garden setting and a shot of a haunted Nicole Kidman who looks like she has just seen Stanley Kubrick's ghost." David Kaufman, New York Times

Review:

"The haunting images in this mesmerizing book show women in such astonishing variety that no cliche or generalization about the sex will ever again suffice." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

Review:

"To look upon the faces of the women photographed in this collection of more than 200 portraits is to marvel at and admire the intensity and dignity of the personalities represented." School Library Journal

Review:

"Unencumbered by the gimmickry that sometimes embellishes her witty portraits of Hollywood's elite, Liebovitz lets her ambitious subject — an entire gender, no less — speak for itself in this coffee-table portrait collection. And it does so eloquently." Anne-Marie O'Neill, People Magazine

Review:

"(An) outstanding collaboration between photographer Liebovitz and writer Sontag, offering a nuanced portrait of female America....Liebovitz's eye never falters, teaching us to see every woman's face as a heartbreaking mix of the tawdry and the sublime." Bethany Schneider, OUT

Review:

"Taken specifically for the book, the portraits can be bold and unblinking, stark, depressing, inspiring, crude, shocking, powerful, beautiful." Melanie Stetson Freeman, Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"Though its sprinked with socialites, writers, Supreme Court justices, and plenty of celebrities (such as Jerry Hall, Nicole Kidman, and Susan Sarandon), Liebovitz's work also celbrates unknown women: students, coal miners, teachers, showgirls." Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

Now in paperback comes the number one bestselling collection of photos by the celebrated American photographer Annie Leibovitz. Over 150 women are represented, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Eudora Welty, Martina Navratilova, Jerry Hall, Jodie Foster, and Rosie O'Donnell.

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KLMN697, January 4, 2007 (view all comments by KLMN697)
Leibovitz's photographs are perhaps "ironic" as sometimes stated, but more often than not, I find her work staggering, even alarming in how she can image even the most horific with a beautiful face.

Leibovitz "courts and sparks" the shadows that we all seek to hide behind. A date with such would be indeed sublime.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375756467
Essay:
Leibovitz, Annie
Author:
Sontag, Susan
Photographer:
Leibovitz, Annie
Essay by:
Sontag, Susan
Essay:
Sontag, Susan
Author:
Sontag, Susan
Author:
Leibovitz, Annie
Publisher:
Random House (NY)
Location:
New York
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Subject:
Photo Essays
Subject:
Portraits
Subject:
Portrait photography
Subject:
Photography of women
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Portraits
Subject:
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
Leibovitz, Annie
Subject:
General Photography
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
2000-20
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
12.36x9.64x.77 in. 3.44 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Random House - English 9780375756467 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Annie Leibovitz got her start at Rolling Stone in the early seventies. There she made a name for herself and produced some of the publication's most well-known photographs, including the famous shot of a naked John Lennon wrapping himself around a fully clothed Yoko Ono. She went on to become the chief photographer for Vanity Fair, and has been exhibited in scores of art galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Leibovitz's style appears comfortable and ingenuous, to the point of being effortless. And yet, she has the remarkable ability of revealing more than just the features of her subjects — she captures who they are and how they feel. In Women, Leibovitz is both photographer and photojournalist. The obvious connection between her subjects is gender, but the women portrayed couldn't be more varied. This collection provides a catalog of American women from all walks of life in their everyday element: from celebrities to construction workers, astronauts, athletes, teachers, politicians, soldiers, and artists. "Each of these pictures must stand on its own," writes Susan Sontag in the book's accompanying essay. "But the ensemble says, So this is what women are now — as different, as varied, as heroic, as forlorn, as conventional, as unconventional as this." Women may be remembered as the definitive photographic documentary of its subject at the turn of the century.

"Review" by , "With her always penetrating and frequently ironic eye, Leibovitz has taken a haunting image of Joni Mitchell beside a fountain in an eerie garden setting and a shot of a haunted Nicole Kidman who looks like she has just seen Stanley Kubrick's ghost."
"Review" by , "The haunting images in this mesmerizing book show women in such astonishing variety that no cliche or generalization about the sex will ever again suffice."
"Review" by , "To look upon the faces of the women photographed in this collection of more than 200 portraits is to marvel at and admire the intensity and dignity of the personalities represented."
"Review" by , "Unencumbered by the gimmickry that sometimes embellishes her witty portraits of Hollywood's elite, Liebovitz lets her ambitious subject — an entire gender, no less — speak for itself in this coffee-table portrait collection. And it does so eloquently."
"Review" by , "(An) outstanding collaboration between photographer Liebovitz and writer Sontag, offering a nuanced portrait of female America....Liebovitz's eye never falters, teaching us to see every woman's face as a heartbreaking mix of the tawdry and the sublime."
"Review" by , "Taken specifically for the book, the portraits can be bold and unblinking, stark, depressing, inspiring, crude, shocking, powerful, beautiful."
"Review" by , "Though its sprinked with socialites, writers, Supreme Court justices, and plenty of celebrities (such as Jerry Hall, Nicole Kidman, and Susan Sarandon), Liebovitz's work also celbrates unknown women: students, coal miners, teachers, showgirls."
"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback comes the number one bestselling collection of photos by the celebrated American photographer Annie Leibovitz. Over 150 women are represented, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Eudora Welty, Martina Navratilova, Jerry Hall, Jodie Foster, and Rosie O'Donnell.
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