Shadows And Eye Candy

Major new books from Annie Leibovitz and Irving Penn frame two contrasting angles on the celebrity -- and the mysterious Other

/ Virginia Woolf believed that human nature changed "in or about December, 1910." Actually, it must have been sometime between 1943, when Irving Penn became a photographer at Vogue, and 1983, when Annie Leibovitz moved her camera from Rolling Stone to Vanity Fair. That would explain why the human race that appears in Penn's new book, a career summation called Passage (Knopf-Callaway; $100), looks so different from the one that we see in Photographs Annie Leibovitz 1970-1990 (HarperCollins; $60).

Or maybe it's just a small, exotic slice of humanity that has changed, the subspecies called celebrities. The decorous public figures in...

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