You need to have some serious chutzpah when, at the tender age of 20, you have so much faith in your photographs that you send them off to Rolling Stone magazine to see if they fancy them too…
That’s exactly how, arguably, the most important portrait photographer at work today started off her career. Annie Leibovitz cut her teeth at the above-mentioned colossus, toured with The Rolling Stones on their 1975 international tour and snapped a nude John Lennon draped around a fully clothed Yoko Ono mere hours before his death. And all of this before she turned thirty-five.
So when Benedikt Taschen approached Leibovitz with the possibility of collecting her images in a sumo-sized book, the photographer, as per usual, jumped at the challenge.
The result? A 476-page opus magnum filled to the brim with forty years worth of pics spanning the length of Annie’s career – from her guitar-riff driven beginnings at Rolling Stone to the highly stylised portraiture for Vanity Fair and Vogue.
Two editions are available; The Collector’s Edition (available in four different celebrity-themed dust jackets) and an Art Edition – all numbered and signed by the photographer.
At £3,500, these books don’t come cheap… but they do come with a nifty tripod stand for you to exhibit this prized possession.
Annie Leibovitz, Martin, Carter, Obrist, Roth (Eds.), £1750 (Art Edition: £3500.)
Images: © Annie Leibovitz. From ”Title TK” (Taschen, 2014)
Taschen, 12 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY, taschen.com