Whether you’re aware of it or not, you’ve admired her work countless times. Leibovitz has been snapping shots of rock stars, politicians, celebs, and the glitterati by and large, since she broke onto the scene in the 1970s as a Rolling Stones photog. And if you’ve picked up a copy of Vanity Fair or Vogue in the last few decades, you’ve definitely seen her groundbreaking photography—everything from Rihanna smoldering in Cuba, to KimYe going full meta-selfie in their own home, to Obama ruminating in the Oval Office, to Caitlyn Jenner’s historic cover shoot, to Lin-Manuel Miranda looking very neo-Shakespearian—she has a way of turning the zeitgeist into works of high art. And, yes, all that is in the 316 page book. And so are the Trumps. And so much more.
Books like these don’t come around too often. In fact, this is only the third of its kind, following Leibovitz’s 1991 book Annie Leibovitz: Photographs, 1970-1990 and her mid-aughts A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005. And a lot of these photos have yet to be seen by the public, so you’re getting some rare glimpses into Leibovitz’s work. And since this is the closest thing to a blockbuster premiere there is in the art-photography-publishing world, the book even has its own animated trailer. Check it out:
All images © Annie Leibovitz.