Frequently on assignment for Vanity Fair in the past few years, Annie Leibovitz has given us some of the most spectacular and theatrical shots of celebrities, royalty, and world-changers ever captured on film. In Pilgrimage (Random House, $50), however, Leibovitz is after a different sort of spectacle, bringing her eye for personality and detail to the sites where literary and cultural creators did their work. The subjects of these photographs range from Louisa May Alcott’s writing desk to the tumult of Niagara Falls. While many of these places are familiar, Leibovitz has captured them in ways that renew their relevance.

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By Annie Leibovitz, Doris Kearns Goodwin (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780375505089
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House - November 8th, 2011

Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand are among the greatest photographers in the history of the art. Stieglitz was also well known for his gallery, An American Place,  the first New York showcase for the art of modern Europeans like Monet and Picasso. He was an avid photographer as well as promoter of the work of other photographers. Among the images included in STIEGLITZ, STEICHEN, STRAND (Yale Univ., $35), edited by Malcolm Daniel, photography curator at the Metropolitan Museum, are Stieglitz’s landscapes, New York scenes, and portraits, including those of Georgia O’Keeffe. Edward Steichen, a fashion and celebrity photographer, was a friend and collaborator of Stieglitz’s. This catalog of the Met’s Steichen holdings also features his studies of the Flatiron building and of Rodin’s sculpture of Balzac. Paul Strand, who gained attention by being featured in the final issue of Stieglitz’s magazine, Camera Works, signaled a shift to a grittier, more powerful graphic style. What a treat to have so much in one volume.

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ISBN: 9780300169010
Availability: Out of Print in This Format
Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York - November 30th, 2010

Alfred Stieglitz grew up in an upper Fifth Avenue brownstone with a view of empty lots and dirt roads—not the usual image of New York City, and not the ones he captured so magnificently in his many photographs of his home town. After some 78 years, the full collection of Stieglitz’s Gotham pictures has been put on exhibit; if you miss the show at the Seaport Museum (it closes January 10), savor these shots at your leisure with the handsome catalog, ALFRED STIEGLITZ NEW YORK (Skira Rizzoli, $25). Edited by the show’s curator, art historian Bonnie Yochelson, the book reprints pictures taken between 1893 and 1938, but these images—of the Flatiron building, of winter on Fifth Avenue, of a rainy night—are truly timeless.

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ISBN: 9780847834907
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Published: Skira Rizzoli - September 14th, 2010

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