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Death Kit

A Photographer's Life: 1990-2005 by Annie Leibovitz

Reviewed by David Thomson
The New Republic Online

"It is as pretty a life as one invented for a romance. Looking at Annie Leibovitz's portraits of celebrities, one realizes that when she is successful she captures what it is the subject would like to be, or to be seen as. Indeed, this whole book — heavier than many newborn babies — is what someone like Leibovitz wants to be seen as, and what her magazines urge upon us: rich but natural; famous but ordinary; beautiful but mortal; a still photograph, but going on forever; a celebrity but decent. It is a delicious recipe, but hard to digest. So, really, it's a matter of when you find yourself throwing up over these gravure pages. Don't lift the book without help, and don't browse it on a full stomach...." Read the entire New Republic Online review.

6 Responses to "Death Kit"

    Ed Buryn February 22nd, 2007 at 12:22 am

    I loved this review. It displays great insight, truth, and courage. Thanks.

    Miriam Willis February 22nd, 2007 at 5:58 am

    What is the matter with David Thompson? Why is he so mean?

    Eunice Riemer February 22nd, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Really, we do not need any more carping, mean-spirited reviews like this one. Annie Leibovitz may be a problematic figure and her portraits may vary in how deeply they illuminate their subjects, but she in no way deserves such a nasty evaluation. This reviewer has not progressed much beyond the stage of chalking dirty words on walls.

    Albert Armijo February 26th, 2007 at 8:43 am

    Excellent. Let's have more of this type.
    Is there a trade paperback of this book or something less expensive that the $75.00? Thanks,

    Brenda Carter February 27th, 2007 at 11:06 am

    I'm not a big Annie Liebovitz, but what a snarky little man Mr. Thompson appears to be. In the end, a pretty boring review.

    Joan Rice February 28th, 2007 at 10:28 am

    The men loved the review; the women thought it was mean. What does that say?

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