"At Work" includes a picture of the photographer's mother, Marilyn Leibovitz, shot in 1997. These days it "means more and more" to the daughter who took it, because of its honesty: "My mother is looking at me as if the camera were not there." This is not a condition easily replicated when the photographer isn't the subject's flesh and blood, and it doesn't obtain almost anywhere else in the book, which is fine, since Leibovitz's work, apart from a 1990s foray into Sarajevo, has never really been about honesty.
As "At Work" makes clear, it has been about performance and arrangement -- of the highest and shiniest order.
AT A GLANCE:
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ AT WORK
By Annie Leibovitz
237 pp. Random House. $40