For more than half a century, Annie Leibovitz has been taking culture-defining photographs. Her portraits of politicians, performers, athletes and royalty are imprinted on our collective consciousness in both the singularity of their subjects and Leibovitz's own inimitable style.
This book returns to Leibovitz's origins as a photographer, beginning with a moment of artistic revelation which made her believe she could be a photographer and transition away from painting. The meticulously and personally curated collection, including contact sheets and Polaroids, provides a vivid document both of Leibovitz's own development as a young artist and of a pivotal era.
As Chief Photographer of Rolling Stone Magazine, Leibovitz's reportage-like photo series record political, cultural and counter-cultural developments as the Vietnam War protests, the launch of Apollo 17, presidential campaigns and the Rolling Stones tour of 1975. The book includes portraits of Patti Smith, Joan Didion, Muhammad Ali and John Lennon and Yoko Ono just hours before Lennon was assassinated.