The book’s Japanese binding allows for the sheer scale of Leibovitz’s installation to be translated into print as a continuously flowing narrative that spills over the folds. With eco kraft-paper-covered hardcover panels on the front and back, the publication’s materiality foregrounds the idea of the book as a reference tool for the photographer’s exhibition.
The thin coated paper used within allows the smallest details in Leibovitz’s images to crystallize. Running chronologically along a thread-gridded wall that is mirrored in the book’s binding, the artist’s archive is read at varying scales and different densities, unfolding a rhythmic narrative. At times, the page is almost completely full, while at others, only a handful of photographs dot the spread. The content brought together with a parallel materiality was conceived as a special limited edition and reflects a carefully considered and orchestrated translation of an experience and archive into print.
The exhibition ‘Annie Leibovitz. The Early Years, 1970 – 1983: Archive Project No. 1,’ was on view at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles 14 February – 14 April 2019.