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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)

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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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