Anne Leibovitz goes digital

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  1. altair

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    Just stumbled across this while flicking through news sites today. Anne Leibovitz will be releasing a new body of work in a book, 'Pilgrimage'. It's her first fully digital work and in the article she mentions how good the images taken using a digital is nowadays. She states that she took photos of a house in low-light, but still her digital images came out very useable.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16077765#TWEET41241

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    Annie Leibovitz has been a proponent of Digital for quiet some time. A chapter of her book at work is dedicated to what she thinks of digital and from her point of view quiet understandable. Most of Ms. Leibovitz photos even in her pre digital days were heavily digitaly retouched anyways. I still like her work though.

    Dominik
     
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    Digital. It's a minor point in the article. Shooting digital isn't a disease, just another way to produce an image.
     
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    Hey !
    Anne Gotta Eat !!!

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    Let her!
     
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    Hey! I took that same picture of Niagra, and I'm pretty sure it's on the Canadian side...

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    I heart that she has huge debts. It might be the reason or one of the reason.
     
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    Crap in crap out, doesn't matter what device you use to produce the image.
     
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    Agreed with all the views expressed here. I didn't mean to stir up a hornet's nest, and I'm not familiar at all with Anne's work. After posting this up here, I took a look at some of her earlier work and yes, they do seem to be altered digitally to quite an extent. Much like Gregory Crewdson's work, then. I shared this article because for me it's interesting to see a pro who used to work only with film now going digital. Anyway, agreed with everyone here, the device used to make the photo doesn't matter (much!), but the output does. If it's crap, it's still crap...no matter if it's digital crap or 'analog' crap. It still smells :D
     
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    One of my gigs is to shoot high school and college Ice Hockey games for parents. I know its not art but one does have to eat......anyway the only way to do it that makes sense is with my D90. Its my only digital but its the right tool for that type of work.
     
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    I had a look at the book today and I thought it was terrible.
     
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    Thanks for the input, ray*j*gun. Your point is very valid, as I do think that for sports, one would need to use a digital camera no matter what. It'd be too impractical otherwise. Of course, the baseball shots taken by David Burnett is pure poetry :smile:
     
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    Really? Well..just goes to show you can't please everyone :smile:
     
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    Maybe she's holding a grudge against negatives!Didn't the mortgage company sell hers?
     
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    could not care less or more...
     
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    Salgado is shooting his latest project with digital cameras. But so what. Some like film, and that is no crime. Can't we separate photography from the process and enjoy what others do?

    Photographers are funny.
     
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    The last time I read anything about her (NY Times?) it said there were loans secured with the copyrights to her catalog. Ouch. She spent lavishly. I think she's still reeling from the death of her partner. Her work has always been solid, fun and recognizably hers, but so much of it is just celebrities. I like a lot of it but I don't think Time will treat her work well. However, I don't live in New York so...
     
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    To bad because Anne used quite a bit of film a year I think, as all pro does!
    I like her work, in my opinion she does quit special portraits of famous people!
    Now she can save the lab and film cost's which was quite a bit a year.

    Cheers Armin
     
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    I like Annie's work, though I am not aware if the portion of digital alteration when using film is also done by her. If somebody else working in front of monitor then switching to digital will give her more leisure time :D
     
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    Good point. The digital alteration could have been done by someone else, with her overseeing it. Just like Crewdson.
     
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    Canon is paying here good money for promoting their camera products and printing technology. But earlier she used Canon Digital in the behind the scenes videos, but on print it was pictured captured on Kodak film with Mamiya cameras.
     
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    Funny, I've been holding my tongue because I thought it was a worthless book. I saw it prior to release on one of the desks of a particular museum director....


    ...she was using it as a coffee coaster.
     
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    How sweet. Let's let the market decide.