ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: PORTRAITS 2005–2016
Artists have been making extraordinary portraits of the mighty for centuries, from Velázquez’s Philip IV to Lucian Freud’s Queen Elizabeth II. But arguably the greatest portrait-taker of our age isn’t a painter but a photographer: Annie Leibovitz. Her career spans nearly five decades, starting in 1970 when she began creating legendary portraits for Rolling Stone followed by three decades at Vanity Fair and Vogue. This 11-year overview of her work includes images of those considered “modern royalty:” Venus and Serena Williams, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sheryl Sandberg, Anna Wintour, Caitlyn Jenner, Gloria Steinem, Joan Didion, and Barack Obama. Oh—and actual royalty, from when Elizabeth II posed for the photographer in 2011. All of which are accompanied with witty comments from Leibovitz, plus a lyrical foreword by author Alexandra Fuller.