pilgrimOn the eve of Thanksgiving, there is a lot of talk of the Pilgrims who celebrated the first feast in Plymouth.  For today’s Read, I feature a book about a different kind of pilgrimage.

I am a huge fan of master photographer Annie Leibovitz and have loved her work as long as I can remember. Like many, I came to know her work from her iconic photos of the superstars of popular culture over the past 30 odd years (notably featured in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, et al). However, I have also admired her pure talent of composition and artistic interpretation whether it be in a photo of a rock star or an automobile.

In her book Pilgrimage, Ms. Leibovitz leaves behind the conceits of celebrity culture to document subjects that are much more meaningful to her and shares her journey with us through her amazing lens.

About Pilgrimage by Annie Leibovitz: 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. The first place was Emily Dickinson’s house in Amherst, Massachusetts, which Leibovitz visited with a small digital camera. A few months later, she went with her three young children to Niagara Falls. ‘That’s when I started making lists,’ she says. She added the houses of Virginia Woolf and Charles Darwin in the English countryside and Sigmund Freud’s final home, in London, but most of the places on the lists were American. The work became more ambitious as Leibovitz discovered that she wanted to photograph objects as well as rooms and landscapes. She began to use more sophisticated cameras and a tripod and to travel with an assistant, but the project remained personal.”

Pilgrimage is a wonderfully personal book despite the great production values. Ms. Leibovitz’s photos are amazing and though the subjects she picks may not be as well-known as her past celebrity models, she manages to make most every image compelling.

Having experienced this book my admiration of Ms. Leibovitz has been further cemented and I am happy to have taken this journey with her.

Pilgrimage by Annie Leibovitz is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.