The power and the glory

Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz weighs in with her own SUMO

When Benedikt Taschen asked the most important portrait photographer working today to collect her pictures in a SUMO-sized book, she was intrigued and challenged. The project took several years to develop and proved to be revelatory. Annie Leibovitz drew from over 40 years of work, starting with the viscerally intimate reportage she created for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s and extending through the more stylized portraiture of her work for Vanity Fair and Vogue. Celebrated images such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono entwined in a last embrace are printed alongside portraits that have rarely, and sometimes never before, been seen. Annie Leibovitz was able to present some of her famous group portraits in a format that proves that she is the master of the genre. Her pictures are at once intimate and iconic, wide-ranging stylistically and also uniquely hers. Annie Leibovitz is often imitated, particularly by younger photographers, but her work is somehow immediately recognizable.

The bookends of the Leibovitz collection are the black-and-white photograph of Richard Nixon’s helicopter lifting off from the White House lawn after he resigned as president in 1974 and the formal color portrait of Queen Elizabeth II taken in a drawing room of Buckingham Palace in 2007. In between are portraits that make up a family album of our time: actors, dancers, comedians, musicians, artists, writers, performance artists, journalists, athletes, businesspeople. Performance and power are recurring themes. A supplementary book contains essays by Annie Leibovitz, Graydon Carter, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Paul Roth and short texts describing the subjects of each of the over 250 photographs.

The Collector’s Edition is available in four different dust jackets:
  • Whoopi Goldberg, Berkeley, California, 1984
  • Keith Haring, New York City, 1986
  • David Byrne, Los Angeles, 1986
  • Patti Smith, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1978

Limited to a total of 10,000 signed and numbered copies, this book is available as Collector’s Edition (No. 1,001–10,000) and also as Art Edition (No. 1–1,000) with a fine art print, signed by Annie Leibovitz, and the full set of all four dust jackets.

Both editions come with a tripod book stand designed by Marc Newson.
The photographer:
Annie Leibovitz has been a working photographer for 40 years. She was the chief photographer for Rolling Stone and then the first contributing photographer for the revived Vanity Fair. In addition to her editorial work at Vanity Fair, and later at Vogue, she has created several award-winning advertising campaigns. She has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

The authors:
Steve Martin is a celebrated comedian, actor, writer, and musician. In 2010, he published the novel An Object of Beauty.

Graydon Carter has been the editor of Vanity Fair since 1992.

Hans Ulrich Obrist is the co-director of exhibitions and programmes and director of international projects at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Paul Roth is the director of the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto.
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Hardcover with fold-outs, supplement book, and book stand designed by Marc Newson
$ 2,500
Edition: Keith Haring
Availability: 10/2014
Edition: David Byrne
Availability: In Stock
Edition: Patti Smith
Availability: 10/2014
Edition: Whoopi Goldberg
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  • Reviews
“This isn’t one for the shelf – left open at any page, it becomes a work of art in the room.”
— Elle UK, London, United Kingdom
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Annie Leibovitz, Art Edition (Collector's Edition)
Annie Leibovitz, Art Edition
Archival pigment print, 51 x 51 cm (20 x 20 in.), tripod book stand designed by Marc Newson, set of four dust jackets, leather-bound hardcover volume with fold-outs
$ 5,000

Limited edition of 1,000 copies (No. 1–1,000) with archival pigment print Keith Haring (contact sheet), New York City, 1986, signed by Annie Leibovitz and produced by fine art printer David Adamson in Washington. This leather-bound Art Edition is also presented with the full set of all four dust jackets and a custom-made tripod stand designed by Marc Newson.
Ellen von Unwerth. The Story of Olga, Art Edition A (Collector's Edition)
Few left Ellen von Unwerth. The Story of Olga, Art Edition A
Hardcover in clamshell box with print in portfolio, 13.0 x 17.2 in., 350 pages
$ 1,800

Limited edition of 125 copies, each with the pigment print The Servants (2012) from the series The Story of Olga
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Annie Leibovitz
February 26 at the Chateau Marmont Vanity Fair, Leon Max and Benedikt Taschen celebrate Annie Leibovitz and the launch of her sumo-size book, Annie Leibovitz.