When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I'd like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph": First Edition of Photographs 1970-1990; INSCRIBED BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ TO JOHN UPDIKE
LEIBOVITZ, Annie (John Updike).
Item Number: 3727
New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.
First edition. Quarto, original illustrated boards. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “Happy Birthday John Updike with the greatest respect and admiration Annie Leibovitz March 18, 1992 New York.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Introduction by Ingrid Sishchy. A very nice association.
Legendary photographer of Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and numerous other magazines since the Seventies, Leibovitz offers a retrospective that shows how far she has come. The early photographs have a documentary feel, even recalling Evans's Depression-era photography or Arbus's sense of the grotesque. They can seem cluttered, but in fact present the right amount of information without feeling posed. The later photographs are cleaner, clearer, and often in color. Props are used effectively to extend the subject's image: Keith Haring painted with the black-and-white abstractions he favored; Christo wrapped; David Lynch with turtleneck up to the hairline; Sting caked in mud: Clint Eastwood tied up; a shot of Pele's soccer-battered feet. These photographs simultaneously exploit each luminary's image while allowing them a certain privacy because they are playing along with the photographer.