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Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  29 reviews
In this new collection from Annie Leibovitz, one of the most influential photographers of our time, iconic portraits sit side by side never-before-published photographs. Afterword by Annie Leibovitz.

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 is the photographer's follow-up to her two landmark books, Annie Leibovitz: Photographs, 1970-1990 and A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005. In
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published October 25th 2017 by Phaidon Press
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Peter Tillman
Boy, is this one off to a booming start: Near the beginning, you will find a full-page spread from 2006: The Donald at the wheel of a silver, gull-wing sportster. Melania, hugely pregnant and scantily clad in gold lamé, coming down the back stairway of a Gulfstream.... Classic. I have NO IDEA how she gets people to pose the way she does. Trump is preceded by a buff, bare-naked Lady Gaga, back arched and VERY fit. A nice pairing, I thought. Two hucksters!

Queen Elizabeth looks great at age 90! He
Megan (ReadingRover)
Leibovitz does amazing work. Her photography is gorgeous. However there is one thing about this book that annoys me a bit (I believe at least one other reviewer mentioned it) and that’s the fact that many of the photographs span over two pages. The reason this is a problem is because they are split in two and it takes away from the portraits. The light hits each page differently, things in them are angled there are so many small things that make this a big turn off. The irony is that this is a v ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Uhm, I just love this. And Annie. AND PHOTOGRAPHY. Uggggh.

(This is a legitimate, coherent review, right? Right.)
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fine-arts, nonfiction
Ms Leibovitz has continued to document people of our time. Her portraits have captured the moments that have instantly become the past, and some of these photographs may well be the last images we view of a few subjects.
Emily Goenner
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow--this is an amazing book of portraits. I've known of Leibovitz but never studied her work before; the composition, windows, rooms, reflections, the inside and outside, the gaze--all were fascinating and raised engaging questions about who is where, what does placement/reflection/gaze mean for the portrait sitter, for the artist, for the viewer? I want to view more.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the portraits and the brief notes.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Many of the photographs in this collection are compelling. They consistently give insights into the subjects' character, and they sometimes capture the ambiance, often the working environment, around each person. In a way, the photographs tell stories about people and their places in their world; however, the individual stories don't add up into a larger tale the book is trying to tell. And technically, the photographs, through precise lighting, effectively draw the viewer's eye into the subject ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Annie Leibovitz is a controversial but brilliant photographer. She's faced blizzards of criticism for both her work (portrait of Miley Cyrus) and her stormy personal life (drug addiction, financial issues) but refuses to concede defeat and continues to take amazing pictures. Not all of her photographs are memorable but she is the creator of some of the most famous photographs of modern times e.g. John Lennon/Yoko Ono embracing, Demi Moore pregnant, Whoopi Goldberg bathing in milk.

So, here's her
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, nonfiction
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Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Could this book be any larger? It could drop your oxygen levels to "O" just to lift it. I've seen these photographs in varied magazines over the past few years. I suppose my favorites were those of fellow photographer, Sally Mann at her home in Virginia. They seemed the most revealing. There is also a gorgeous shot of Mother Meryl Streep sitting at the end of the Atlantic Ocean, somehow subduing it rather than getting wave slammed. As a book to purchase and dream over? No. Unless you study the p ...more
Kara Johnson
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall a great book...although I was surprised that there were plenty of subjects who were not familiar to me. It was very sad, but expected to see the Trumps portrayed in typical fashion, a very pregnant Melania climbing the steps of a private jet wearing a gold string bikini, with the Donald sitting in an expensive sports car looking off into the distance. Ugh. How very non-presidential!! Thankfully, later in the book there were some fantastically elegant and dignified portraits of the Obamas ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
A massive tome of portraits, this book intercepted with a couple of others I read lately, including "Sticky Fingers", about Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, and my attempt at starting "Fire and Fury" describing Trump in the White House. Turns out that Leibovitz had an affair with Wenner's wife, yet there is no mention of it in this collection of celebrity photos. Instead, images like the scantily clad, pregnant Melaina Trump precede Trump's shocking election win. Another photo of Harvey Weinst ...more
Kristine Olsen
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A stunning collection of Ms. Leibovitz’s works between 2005 and 2016. I’ve always admired this particular photographer’s work and this collection certainly doesn’t disappoint. Chuck full of famous and not so famous faces, you’ll find plenty to feast your eyes on since Leibovitz uses her camera like an artist uses her or his brush. Definitely recommended for admirers of photography as a participant and as a connoisseur.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great way to spend a Sunday, slowly taking in all the pictures and portraits. There is a biographical sketch in the back of the book to let me know who some of the artists were.

Two of my favorite pictures...
page 60 - Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, 2006
page 258 - Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne, 2016

But I could list more!
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For any of you out there not familiar with Annie Leibovitz' work...I highly recommend you check out her photographs. These aren't just pictures but truly stunning photography. This book contains some famous places as well as famous people in compelling poses.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Classic portraiture, especially the portraits of the most recent Presidents and their spouses.
Elizabeth Vanderesch
I could sit with a book of portrait photography for hours and this is no exception. Sigh. Fascinating.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing images in this collection
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing - so talented!
Mary Fetzer
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The only bad thing about the book is that some of its subjects have since been exposed as pigs: James Franco, Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen...
Wonderful Photographs capture stories not just faces. Lacking words to express the emotional impact of the images.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Her photographs only get better.
Yosef Shapiro
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: photography, art
This is a collection of Annie Leibovitz's photos. Some are better than others. I question the inclusion of some of these in this collection.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Can’t honestly claim to have “read” this but that’s my only choice to place it on my shelf of read books. Looked at every page though, and there are some interesting ones.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
BEAUTIFUL PICTURES as always, love Leibovitz!!! 💚
Tina Panik
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Evocative, in a way that only Leibovitz can capture.
Lady Knight
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice collection of this well-known photographer's work in large format images.
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Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz is an American portrait photographer whose style is marked by a close collaboration between the photographer and the subject.

Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, Leibovitz is the third of six children in a Jewish family. Her mother was a modern dance instructor, while her father was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force. The family moved frequently with her fath