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As the title suggests, Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990–2005 is meant to be more personal than the photographer’s first anthology, Photographs: Annie Leibovitz 1970–1990. Though the new tome doesn’t skimp on her flashy celeb assignment work, it focuses on her family and friends, as well—particularly her longtime partner Susan Sontag, who died of cancer in 2004. Along with some striking landscapes Leibovitz shot for Condé Nast Traveler, the most compelling work here is her most intimate: candid shots of her father and brother in Silver Spring, her mother doing a handstand in a swimming pool, Sontag sleeping. And this goes for the celebrities, too. The famous Vanity Fair cover of a pregnant Demi Moore pales in comparison to a personal photo Leibovitz took for her and Bruce Willis a few years earlier, before the birth of their first child: Moore’s naked torso is clasped by the couple’s hands—no airbrushing, no manicures, no silicone implants. Annie Leibovitz discusses and signs copies of her work at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Anne Marson)