AN IN­TI­MATE POR­TRAIT OF THE LEI­BOVITZ FAM­ILY

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Su­per­star pho­tog­ra­pher An­nie Lei­bovitz’s new show at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery is just the op­po­site of the Hol­ly­wood slick­ness she is known for. A Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Life: 1990-2005 is a per­sonal chron­i­cle of the years when she lost a com­pan­ion but gained three daugh­ters ( left). While there are the usual beau­ti­ful por­traits of ac­tors, artists, politi­cians, mu­si­cians — and the Queen — the most mov­ing is a room full of fam­ily snap­shots, pinned to bul­letin boards that frankly and fear­lessly record the joys and tragedies of Lei­bovitz’s life. Tears, bodies, blood, the fa­tal ill­ness of her lover Su­san Sontag — ev­ery­thing is wit­nessed. Lei­bovitz clearly has a fierce pride in her fam­ily, and in nu­mer­ous shots they look happy, in­tel­li­gent, warm, chal­leng­ing and fun. This is a show that cel­e­brates life in all its majesty and mis­ery. JOHN BELK­NAP

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