12 September 2009

Reprieve

So, according to this report yesterday in The New York Times, it appears that Annie Leibovitz has averted the worst - at least for now. She has not lost her home or control of the copyright to her work. Regular readers will know that I am pretty ambivalent about Leibovitz and her work. That said, this is a good outcome and I hope she can dig her way all the way out of this financial hole.

And that raises a matter that I've noted here before. The editors at The Times finally have filed this story in the Arts section. This is a tale about the political economy of the photo industry and how treacherous that terrain can be. But the Arts and artists hardly stand aloof from such pressures and it is sheer ideology to present the world as though they do.

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