Annie Leibovitz, one of the most recognizable names in fashion photography, teamed up with Benedikt Taschen of TASCHEN Books and industrial designer Marc Newson for a match made in art book heaven. The legendary photographer compiled works from her 40-year career in a "sumo-sized" hardcover book, available in two editions.
We are privileged to see how Leibovitz evolved from her early reporting days at the Rolling Stone to her more recent and stylized pictorials for Vogue or Vanity Fair. We can also peruse photographs she took of subjects like Richard Nixon, Queen Elizabeth, Jack Nicholson, Scarlett Johansson, John Lennon, Yoko Ono... and the list goes on.
The book comes in four different dust jackets, each featuring iconic images of Whoopi Goldberg, Keith Haring, Patti Smith and David Byrne. Newson's contribution is a specially-designed tripod stand for the book, which may or may not be as conspicuous as Ai Weiwei's marble stand. But lo-and-behold, Leibovitz's book -- as the Collector's Edition and the Art Edition -- are still a hefty $2,500 and $5,000, respectively. We can dream.