Celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz is the latest artist to be immortalized in TASCHEN‘s massive “SUMO” series with a brand new release from the German publisher -the third of Taschen’s SUMO volumes. Measuring 19.7 x 27.2 and weighing 57 lbs with 476 pages, the massive tome draws from over 40 years of work for the likes of Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue for a comprehensive retrospective featuring some of Leibovitz’s most iconic imagery. Bookended by a black-and-white photograph of Richard Nixon’s helicopter lifting off from the White House lawn following his resignation as president in 1974 and Queen Elizabeth II’s formal portrait taken in a drawing room of Buckingham Palace in 2007, in between are portraits that make up a family album of our time: actors, dancers, comedians, musicians, artists, writers, performance artists, journalists, athletes, businesspeople. Performance and power are recurring themes.
An included supplementary book includes essays from comedian Steve Martin, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, and directors Hans Ulrich Obrist and Paul Roth, as well as text describing each of the more than 250 photographs. Limited to 10,000 copies in all, the book comes in a collector’s edition featuring one of four dust jackets while a special art edition includes all four jackets and a limited edition print -all of which are signed by Leibovitz and accompanied by a Marc Newson–designed book stand. Awesome!