The Madeleine Brand Show for December 16, 2011

Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz' "Pilgrimage"

You know these photos: Whoopi Goldberg in a bathtub of milk. Demi Moore naked and pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair. John Lennon curled around Yoko Ono.

Annie Leibovitz took those portraits and countless others during her long career as a celebrity photographer. She also became a celebrity herself. And then dealt with some serious, life-changing events – her partner, Susan Sontag, died. Soon after, in 2007, her finances collapsed and she faced the possibility of losing ownership of all her photos, worth millions of dollars.

Now she has a new photography book out, and it's a sharp departure from her previous work. There are no people in it. Instead, the photos are of objects and landscapes. The book is called, "Pilgrimage."


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