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In Her Latest Project, Annie Leibovitz Focuses On What Matters

by Claire O'Neill
Nov 8, 2011

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Photographer Annie Leibovitz is known for her glamorous celebrity portraits, often found on the pages of Vanity Fair, for the seven-figure salary that keeps her there and, at least lately, for her financial imbroglio. She's one of the country's pre-eminent photographers, and as a result is often under scrutiny.

Her financial woes have also been compounded by the loss of her father, mother and partner, Susan Sontag, all within the past five years. Lately Leibovitz has taken to her own form of therapy: photography. And surprisingly (or maybe not at all surprising) the photos in her latest personal project contain no humans at all.

Instead, her book Pilgrimage is a quiet collection of scenes and objects that matter to her: Emily Dickinson's dress, the Niagara Falls in Ontario, Virginia Woolf's bedroom.

"I needed to save my soul," photographer Annie Leibovitz recently told The New York Times. She discusses her Pilgrimage, and how the project became a journey of personal and artistic renewal, on Talk of the Nation.

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