Contributors: Jul. 22, 1996

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ, whose striking portraits of America's aspiring Olympians appear in this week's issue, spent four years crisscrossing the U.S. to find just the right setting to showcase her subjects--posing a group of child gymnasts against the backdrop of a vast, dry lake bed, for example, and shooting synchronized swimmers from under water. Leibovitz, a Vanity Fair contributing photographer and arguably the world's leading portraitist, describes herself as "more interested in what people do than in the way they look." In these exclusive pictures from her upcoming book, Olympic Portraits (Bulfinch Press), Leibovitz offers images as kinetic and graceful as the...

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