In her new book, Annie Leibovitz introduces five decades of quirky fashion photography.
Since becoming one of the Vanity FairThe magazine’s first collaborators, when it launched in 1983, Annie Leibovitz helped define the look and spirit of the magazine. Wonderland (Phaidon), her latest monograph, is filled with a wide range of commissions for VF (at the outset, she writes, “a mythical world where photographers are recognized as artists”), Vogue, and other publications, filmed between 1972 and 2021. We see supermodel Natalia Vodianova as Alice in the maxim book title, a pregnant Serena Williams lying in an orange caftan billowing, Nicole Kidman from Stanley Kubrick’s Close eyes, and Rihanna, seductively in a red car on the streets of Havana. Leibovitz writes of her more than 50-year career: “Fashion has always been there. “That’s the driving force in a portrait — whether it’s Jerry Garcia in a black t-shirt, or Patti Smith in a much-mimicking style that’s been around for decades, or the Rolling Stones. Fashion plays a big part in the planning of everything, but for me, photography comes first.” –Madison Reid
Newly inaugurated young poet laureate Amanda Gorman shares the cultural cues behind her upcoming collection, Call us what we carry, from Viking Books.
“While writing my collection, it was a book that provided me with important insight into how people have historically responded to the global health crisis.”
“I watched a lot of Apple TV+ series Dickinson. Emily Dickinson has spent most of her life writing poetry in isolation, and as a young female poet in quarantine, I truly connect with it. “
“When I write, I hear musical instruments or songs from movie spots that tell a story. I love listening to composers who I feel are great storytellers, but they don’t use words, so I try to fill in that rhetoric myself. ”
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