Today is May 1, celebrated in over 80 countries as May Day or International Workers’ Day, and it seems like the perfect excuse to tell you about someone’s work that I greatly admire. I recently acquired one of these great coffee table books (… if you know me, you know I collect them even though I don’t own a coffee table). This particular one is called a “Photographer’s life” and covers the work of photographer Annie Leibovitz from 1990 to 2005.
Although the book features portraits of well-known figures like Johnny Cash, Nelson Mandela or Michael Jordan, what’s most striking is that Leibovitz included personal pictures along with her assignment work—she chronicles celebrations and heartbreaks of her large family, making the book incredibly raw and emotional. She writes in the introduction to the book: “when young photographers ask me what they should do, I always tell them to stay close to home”.
Today, photography is everywhere, but looking at the immense talent of someone that does it professionally and so passionately, I couldn’t help but think about what it means to live/work beautifully.