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Question: Annie Leibovitz

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Ellen West - web producer | 12:33 UK time, Monday, 20 October 2008

Am I alone in shivering in horror every time I see one of Leibovitz' series of portraits advertising a brand of luxury luggage?

Keith RichardsKeith Richards (Image copyright Louis Vuitton / Annie Leibovitz)

Although technically brilliant, the images are repellent in their glossiness: I don't believe for a moment that Keith Richards is strumming his guitar "New York. 3 am. Blues in C" or that Sofia Coppola is listening, enraptured to her father. In short, these pictures feel beautiful and empty - ironic really, as they seem to be supposed to represent life's wonderful journey.

Francis Ford Coppola and Sofia CoppolaFrancis Ford Coppola and Sofia Coppola (Image copyright Louis Vuitton / Annie Leibovitz)

I do like some of Annie Leibovitz' pictures, and I will go and see the show that has just opened at the National Portrait Gallery, London, but I'm hoping that there are more portraits and fewer still lifes featuring carefully arranged celebrities.


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