- Gebundene Ausgabe: 472 Seiten
- Verlag: Random House (3. Oktober 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0375505091
- ISBN-13: 978-0375505096
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 26,4 x 4,3 x 35,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 9 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 238.857 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Photographer's Life: 1990-2005 (Englisch) Gebundenes Buch – 3. Oktober 2006
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“Annie Leibovitz’s photographic memoir of the past fifteen years in her life captures powerful, intimate moments. . . . She juxtaposes the most personal against the full-color flash of celebrities and the grandeur of the natural landscape against the bloody horror of war. A Photographer’s Life is a testament to a life lived large–and in full embrace.”—More magazine
“Her fans may be astonished both by the range of the work and the unstudied, everyday quality of some of the images–a family day at the beach, a newborn in the delivery room.”—Newsweek
“A revelation.”—Boston Sunday Globe
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Annie Leibovitz was born on October 2, 1949, in Waterbury, Connecticut. While studying painting at the San Francisco Art Institute she took night classes in photography, and in 1970 she began doing work for Rolling Stone magazine. She became Rolling Stone’s chief photographer in 1973. By the time she left the magazine, ten years later, she had shot 142 covers. She joined the staff of Vanity Fair in 1983 and in 1998 also began working for Vogue.
In addition to her magazine editorial work, Leibovitz has created influential advertising campaigns for American Express, the Gap, and the Milk Board. She has worked with many arts organizations, including American Ballet Theatre, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Mark Morris Dance Group, and with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Her books include Annie Leibovitz: Photographs, Photographs: Annie Leibovitz, 1970-1990, Olympic Portraits, Women, and Annie Leibovitz: American Music. Exhibitions of her work have appeared at museums and galleries all over the world, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris; and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Leibovitz has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress and is the recipient of many other honors, including the Barnard College Medal of Distinction and the Infinity Award in Applied Photography from the International Center of Photography. She was decorated a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. She lives in New York with her three children, Sarah, Susan, and Samuelle.
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Ihrer langjährigen Lebensgefährtin Susan Sonntag widmet sie eine beeindruckende Dokumentation von Bildern, sowohl von ihren vielen gemeinsamen Reisen als auch bewegende Fotos der kranken Susan Sonntag, auf dem Krankenbett durch Schläuche am Leben gehalten. Wir sehen auch die tote Susan Sonntag in ihrem Lieblingskleid aufgebahrt, wir sehen ihr Grab. In diese Bilder fließen Image und Zuneigung, Kunst und Anteilnahme.
Es ist erschütternd in diesem Buch zu blättern, denn die Schocks sind groß. Ein großartiges, ergreifendes Buch. Annie Leibovitz hat nie lange mit Leuten gesprochen oder Motive ausgearbeitet, sie war vielmehr ein Beobachter, der im richtigen Moment den Auslöser drückte. So entstand dieses photographische Meisterwerk.
If a great portrait photographer can wring powerful meaning from people she barely knows, imagine what she can do with those she knows and loves. That's the exciting door that Annie Leibovitz opens for us in publishing A Photographer's Life: 1990-2005. Walk through that door, and you'll never be the same.
While there are many wonderful celebrity portraits in the volume, those mostly pale my comparison to the intimate portraits from Ms. Leibovitz's personal life. In many ways, Ms. Leibovitz's life is both mundane and extraordinary . . . and these images help us see more deeply into both.
As she hints in the introduction, Ms. Leibovitz sees each person as small and fleeting in terms of the universe . . . but large and important in the moment terms of the uniqueness of that person and that moment for those whose lives are touched at the time. The iconic photographs of Susan Sontag dwarfed by the opening to Petra in Jordan and sitting on the Great Pyramid capture this sense beautifully. But so do photographs of celebrities (like Cindy Crawford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Carrey, and Sylvester Stallone) looking as they never looked before or since.
Ms. Leibovitz is unafraid to reveal herself which adds to the dynamic of this book themed around the fleeting nature of human life. You'll see her partially undraped with camera in hand creating a series of four self portraits. The serious look in her eyes belies the sensuality of her torso. Having chosen motherhood in her fifties, you'll also see her fully exposed in her pregnant state in a portrait that echoes the famous magazine cover of a pregnant Demi Moore.
More significantly, she reveals the deep caring that she felt for Susan Sontag during their years together before Ms. Sontag succumbed to cancer. That painful downward path is thoroughly portrayed in rich texture.
The same theme of mortality is carried forth in a series of photographs of her parents that culminate in her father's death. Her mother's decline from a sprightly grandmother into an aging widow is also well documented.
Vibrant images of family life, siblings, nieces, and daughters help remind us that life is a never-ending cycle moving forward. One of my favorites is a landscape view of a roomful of family members celebrating her mother's 80th birthday as her mother takes a photograph of Ms. Leibovitz taking the photograph.
This delightful book contains four other elements that are worthy of mention.
Ms. Leibovitz is very aware that much of the appearance of celebrities is artifice rather than reality. She makes that point beautifully in the "before" and "after" images of Susan McNamara and Linda Green in Las Vegas in 1996 which show ordinary women transformed into "show girls." Even more eloquently, she captures that artifice in a single photograph of President George W. Bush and his key advisors at the start of his presidency looking like posed characters from a poster for a new move, Conquering Faultless Heroes of the White House.
Another astonishing dimension is her ability to turn landscapes into God's works of art. I agree with her assessment that the shooting in Monument Valley didn't turn out all that well, but the other landscapes in the book are terrific . . . if too few in number. I hope Ms. Leibovitz will do more of this kind of work in the future.
She has a strong sense of place to makes these landscapes work. That same sense works well in her photographs of stunning locations with buildings on them, such as her country home that she developed from a virtual ruin.
There's a sense of humor that's remarkable. Buildings seem to bring it out the best. The stunning Guggenheim museum in Bilbao is revealed in its mortal roots by a foreground of construction in progress.
9/11 also appears in images that capture the emotions we all felt on that day and immediately thereafter.
If I had to pick one photograph that best captures the book, it would be the cameo shot of Willie Nelson that highlights his personality and history through his deeply lined face.