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Pilgrimage: Annie Leibovitz’s New Book of Peopleless Portraits

© Annie Leibovitz / Contact Press Images from the book Pilgrimage, Random House, 2011
(via Smithsonian)

Annie Leibovitz is best known for her iconic portrait work. There’s John Lennon and Yoko Ono, of course, and then there’s the nude and very pregnant Demi Moore Vanity Fair cover shot. With a career that has spanned several decades, countless magazine covers, and numerous museum shows, Leibovitz has now published her tenth photo book. But its contents are not what you expect, if, like us, what you’ve come to expect are portraits.

The new book, Pilgrimage, is populated with portrait work in a different sense: rough waters at Niagra Falls, closely-cropped still life scenes at writers’ houses. Pilgrimage is the first book of Leibovitz’s that was not a result of having been on assignment and as such the shots are intensely personal. They’re places and things that the artist sought on her own. She documented the truth of these scenes in the same manner as she has some of the world’s most recognizable faces. As Doris Kearns Goodwin writes in the book’s introduction, “[Leibovitz] has captured the spirit of the people and the places in this book as surely as thousands of words could ever do.”

(The Book Bench)


Many Traveled Roads: An Interview with Harvey Stein

Many Traveled Roads: An Interview with Harvey Stein

Text by Robert A. Schaefer, Jr.
Images © Harvey Stein

Although I have known photographer Harvey Stein since 2000, when we were introduced at Fotofest in Houston, Texas, for a long while I hadn’t had an opportunity to talk to him about the many facets of his photography. Attending an opening at the new photography gallery, Umbrella Arts, in the East Village in New York City (where Harvey is curator), I recently had the opportunity to find out more about him and the directions his involvement with photography has gone.

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National Geographic’s Ultimate Field Guide to Travel Photography

© Peter McBride, courtesy National Geographic Books

The new book “National Geographic: Ultimate Guide to Travel Photography” recently came across my desk, and I have to say I am impressed with how much helpful information author Scott S. Stuckey has packed into the pint-sized edition. It’s ripe with tips that wouuld be relevant to both pros and those just getting started in the field. Most of the tips even translate to amateur photographers who just want to get the most out of a travel experience, even if they don’t plan to sell their photos afterward. Some of my favorite tips are below. The book is available at the National Geographic online store.

Show Respect and Honest Appreciation

“‘To be a great photojournalist,’ says Justin Guariglia, ‘you have to love people, to care about the culture you’re shooting. Your sincerity and respect will help you to understand what you’re trying to photograph—and will be obvious to the locals. As you absorb the culture, you become part of it. And that is reflected in your photography.’” (pg. 56) Image © Catherine Karnow, courtesy National Geographic Books.

Shoot Verticals Too

“Landscapes are wide and horizontal, but don’t forget to shoot vertical compositions of them. Professional photographers shooting for magazines know that many, if not most, of the pictures that get published will be verticals, filling one page or less than a page. Horizontal images covering two full pages —the coveted ‘double truck’—are the exception rather than the rule.” (pg. 133) Image © Jim Richardson, courtesy National Geographic Books.


Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby


In keeping with our summer “travel” theme (yes, summer is still upon us, albeit hanging on by a thread), we’d like to point you to the new book, Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby (University of New Mexico Press), which features the photography of Santa Fe photographer Craig Varjabedian. In it, Varjabedian illustrates a hauntingly serene look at Northern New Mexico’s iconic Ghost Ranch (former stomping grounds of painter Georgia O’Keeffe), along with essays to accompany his stunning photographs (one penned by Ms. O’Keeffe all those years ago).