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Book Love: Pilgrimage by Annie Leibovitz

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An outtake from the iconic shoot with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which took place hours before he was killed.

When it comes to role models, one of mine has always been Annie Leibovitz. She inspired me from a young age to study photography, and to this day her work sets a standard that few others can live up to. From her role as chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine in the 70s, to touring photographer with the Rolling Stones, to her more recent fashion editorials, she has a gift for capturing people and history through her lens – some of the most iconic moments in music have been brought before our eyes because of her talent.


Pilgrimage is a book of photos that are unlike her other work – they contain no people.  It began with a trip to Niagara falls with her daughters, and plans she had made with partner Susan Sontag, who has since passed. They had talked about making a book of all the places they wanted to go, and years later Leibovitz returned to the idea, and thus came Pilgrimage. The photos are of spaces, places, things – heavy with the ghosts of the legends who lived in and used them, like Virginia Woolf, Thoreau, Elvis, Georgia O’Keefe, and so on.

“I NEEDED to save myself,” she says of the work contained in the book. “I needed to remind myself of what I like to do, what I can do.”


Niagara Falls


Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress


Virginia Woolf’s Bedroom


Elvis’s Television, in storage at Graceland (he shot it).


Georgia O’Keefe’s handmade pastels


Annie Oakley’s heart target.

You can also see the photos on exhibit right now at the Smithsonian Museum in DC!

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meg -February 10, 2012, 1:12PM

definitely going to see this at the smithsonian. she’s amazing!!

Taylor -February 10, 2012, 7:30PM

This is so ironic!!
I was in for a class trip and we went to the National Gallery! My teacher said Pilgrimage by Annie Leibovitz was upstairs, and I ran! I saw all of the phographs you posted above! Such a cool exhibit!

maddy -February 11, 2012, 4:27PM

I am a huge fan of her work and these photos are amazing. I especially love Annie Oakley’s target shot.

Casey -February 12, 2012, 12:30PM

This is so awesome. What an incredible photography book to own. These are such a great collections of photographs and I’m sure that there are even more fantastic shots inside.

Thanks for sharing x

fp julia -February 13, 2012, 10:31AM

Taylor, that’s awesome! I’m jealous!

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