Signed First Edition "Women" - 1999
Annie Leibovitz's fourth collection of photographs, Women, published in 1999 by Random House, is now considered a contemporary photography classic, presenting some of the most stunning and unforgettable portraits of American women ever taken. Ours is the true first hardcover edition, first printing, which is now very scarce. A cool and flinty yet stylish production by Annie Leibovitz in collaboration with Ruth Ansel, Tim Hossler, and the late literary icon Susan Sontag, who wrote the essay appearing in the volume. Oversize format in pristine white hard boards with titles on cover and spine and pale gray dust jacket, as issued. Inscribed and signed by Annie Leibovitz in person. In fine condition; dust jacket in very good condition, with rubbing and slight chipping at edges and spine.
The photographs by Annie Leibovitz in Women, taken especially for the book, encompass a broad spectrum of subjects: a rap artist, an astronaut, two Supreme Court justices, farmers, coal miners, movie stars, showgirls, rodeo riders, socialites, reporters, dancers, a maid, a general, a surgeon, the First Lady of the United States, the secretary of state, a senator, rock stars, prostitutes, teachers, singers, athletes, poets, writers, painters, musicians, theater directors, political activists, performance artists, and businesswomen. "Each of these pictures must stand on its own," Susan Sontag writes in the essay that accompanies the portraits. "But the ensemble says, So this is what women are now—as different, as varied, as heroic, as forlorn, as conventional, as unconventional as this."