The Master Set: Annie Leibovitz Portfolio

"I don't have a favorite photograph. What means the most to me is the body of my work. The accumulation of photographs over the years."

For this special issue, however, Leibovitz has selected images from what she calls her "Master Set." Many are well known, but not all. Many feature public personalities shot for magazines, but others are highly intimate and deeply private. A few, such as her 1968 image of soldiers at Clark Air Base, made at age 19 with the first camera she ever owned, are of historical interest. All of the images, says Leibovitz, capture some essential aspect of her photography. The Master Set is this remarkable photographer's own articulation of vision-of what makes an Annie picture an Annie picture.

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Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, London, 2007.Annie Leibovitz
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American soldiers and Mary, Queen of the Negritos, Clark Air Base, the Philippines, 1968.Annie Leibovitz
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Susan Sontag, Wainscott, Long Island, 1988.Annie Leibovitz
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The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi), Hollywood, 1979.Annie Leibovitz
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Steve Martin, Beverly Hills, 1981.Annie Leibovitz
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Keith Haring, New York City, 1986.Annie Leibovitz
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R2-D2, Pinewood Studios, London, 2002.Annie Leibovitz
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Sarajevo, 1993.Annie Leibovitz
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Louise Bourgeois, New York City, 1997.Annie Leibovitz
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Mick Jagger, Buffalo, New York, 1975.Annie Leibovitz
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Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rob Besserer, Cumberland Island, Georgia, 1990.Annie Leibovitz