Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage (Schirmer/Mosel, 2011)

 

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Compass that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark used on a journey to the Pacific coast in 1804 © 2011 Annie Leibovitz/ courtesy Schirmer/Mosel

 

Pilgrimage took Annie Leibovitz to places that she could explore with no agenda. She wasn’t on assignment. She chose the subjects simply because they meant something to her.

 

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May Alcott’s drawing on her bedroom wall, Orchard House, Concord, Massachusetts © 2011 Annie Leibovitz/ courtesy Schirmer/Mosel

 

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The site of Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond © 2011 Annie Leibovitz/ courtesy Schirmer/Mosel

 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson’s home © 2011 Annie Leibovitz/ courtesy Schirmer/Mosel

 

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Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming © 2011 Annie Leibovitz/ courtesy Schirmer/Mosel

 

“Pilgrimage” heralds Leibovitz’s return. It is also, it turns out, her first project that is not connected to any assignment, her first shot with only a digital camera, and her first that doesn’t show a living soul. Following her interests and her (dead) heroes, she started at Niagara Falls, worked her way through New England (home of the Transcendentalists); England (home of the Bloomsbury group); the American West (home of the American sublime); and Washington, D.C. (home of the Lincoln memorial). She took pictures of objects she was drawn to—Emily Dickinson’s white dress; Virginia Woolf’s writing desk; Annie Oakley’s tiny heart-shaped target pierced by a bullet hole; Robert Smithson’s spiral jetty; and a cast of the veiny hands of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial.” Sarah Boxer (http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/annie-leibovitzs-ghosts)

 

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Georgia O’Keeffe’s pastels © 2011 Annie Leibovitz/ courtesy Schirmer/Mosel

 

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Georgia O’Keeffe, The Abiquiu House © 2011 Annie Leibovitz/ courtesy Schirmer/Mosel

 

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Sandwalk at Down House (Charles Darwin) © 2011 Annie Leibovitz/ courtesy Schirmer/Mosel

 

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Monk’s House, Lewes, East Sussex (Virginia Woolf) © 2011 Annie Leibovitz/ courtesy Schirmer/Mosel

 

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A glass negative of a multiple-lens portrait of Lincoln made on Feb. 9, 1864, by Anthony Berger © 2011 Annie Leibovitz/ courtesy Schirmer/Mosel