A visual anthology of more than a decade of portraits, the latest compendium of Annie Leibovitz's work confirms, if ever there was any doubt, that the photographer knows how to capture the complexity of her time better than anyone else.
Among the most telling examples of her unparalleled acuity is the picture of Kim Kardashian dressed to the nines, taking a selfie with her daughter North in her arms while Kanye West immortalizes them on his iPad.
Throughout the pages, we rediscover David Beckham in 2004, then at the height of his sex appeal, Jack Nicholson at dusk on Mullholland Drive, Venus Williams pregnant with her first child, and a young Scarlett Johansson stripped naked in her suite at the Chateau Marmont.
Annie Leibovitz also takes a fresh look at the mysteries of power, as evidenced by her intimate portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama, her shot of Michael Bloomberg in the messy open space of the office of the New York City Hall, and the striking photo of Hillary Clinton, immortalized in 2009 in her Washington office while she was still secretary of state.
Annie Leibovitz, Portraits 2005–2016 is available from Phaidon for $89.95