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NI­COLE KIDMAN AND BAZ LUHRMANN, NEW YORK, 2008 AN­NIE LEIBOVITZ

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In part, it’s a ques­tion of ac­cess. Such is An­nie Leibovitz’s fame (and such is the reach of the pub­li­ca­tions she works for), she gets to pho­to­graph ev­ery­one. And we mean ev­ery­one.

Artists, writ­ers, pop stars, Vogue fash­ion ed­i­tors, pres­i­dents and pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates (she’d hoped to con­clude the book with an im­age of Hil­lary Clin­ton stand­ing in the Oval Of­fice but his­tory scup­pered that deal), real roy­alty (yes, in­clud­ing our very own queen) and, as in this im­age, Hol­ly­wood roy­alty.

“I’m al­ways aim­ing for a por­trait that will stand the test of time,” Liebovitz says. In this case we are talk­ing the time we are liv­ing in. Her lat­est book is a col­lec­tion of 21st-cen­tury images that in­clude ev­ery­one from Adele to Malala Yousafzai.

Here are the great and the good, cap­tured lov­ingly for the most part. Leibovitz’s eye nat­u­rally flat­ters. For some that’s a weak­ness, but that’s to mis­un­der­stand what she is do­ing. Th­ese por­traits are acts of col­lab­o­ra­tion. She and her sub­jects are telling us sto­ries. How does this one end, do you think?

© AN­NIE LEIBOVITZ

Taken from An­nie Leibovitz Por­traits 2005-2016, pub­lished by Phaidon Press, priced £69.95

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