“I don’t have two lives,” Annie Leibovitz writes in the Introduction to
this collection of her work from 1990 to 2005. “This is one life, and
the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it. ”
Portraits of well-known figures–Johnny Cash, Nicole Kidman, Mikhail
Baryshnikov, Keith Richards, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, R2-D2, Patti
Smith, Nelson Mandela, Jack Nicholson, and William Burroughs–appear
alongside pictures of Leibovitz’s family and friends, reportage from the
siege of Sarajevo in the early Nineties, and landscapes. The pictures
form a narrative of a life rich in contrasts and continuities. The
photographer has a long relationship that ends with illness and death.
She chronicles the celebrations and heartbreaks of her large and robust
family. She has children of her own. All the while, she is working, and
the public work resonates with the themes of the life.