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Womenby Annie Leibovitz
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."
"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
"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
"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
"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
"(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
"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
"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
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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