Annie Leibovitz's A Photographer's Life is one of the most poignant art books I have seen. I was familiar with her work through the endless covers and spreads for Vogue she has done over the years, but I was amazed to see that most of the pictures in the book are actually from her personal life. Sure there are the few breathtaking magazine covers thrown in for good measure, but the majority of the book takes place in her home, studio, travels, and the such. She tells the story of her life through pictures: life, love, birth, death and makes the book so incredibly personal you can't help but read all the captions and study each picture as if it were your own family. The photos go in chronological order so you feel like you are going through the journey with her. I was literally moved to tears by some of the pictures. It is an absolutely wonderful collection and goes well beyond the Photoshopped celebrity delusion. This is a person sharing her life. Amazing.
Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life 1990-2005