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Picture This New Book: ANNIE LEIBOVITZ AT WORK
source: New York Times


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Queen Elizabeth II, London, March 2007.
Annie Leibovitz/From "Annie Leibovitz at Work"



"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


   







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