Tracey Emin's transformation from establishment-shaking rebel to middle England treasure appears complete after the artist was chosen to feature in a new Marks & Spencer advertising campaign featuring “outspoken women”.
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Friday 07 November 2008
Fresh from the choking press scrum sparked by Annie Leibovitz's starry presence at the National Portrait Gallery some weeks ago, the gallery's director, Sandy Nairne, emerged bright-eyed and unjaded from a cloud of party-goers at the reception party for the annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.
Friday 31 October 2008
Friday 26 September 2008
The credit crunch is obviously not biting too deeply in the Fincham household. The television executive Peter Fincham, pictured, best remembered for quitting his BBC job after a controversial documentary about the Queen, has forked out £147,000 for shares in Michael Grade's struggling ITV. Fincham left the BBC after a report criticised him for wrongly implying that the Queen stormed out of a photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz in an argument over whether she should remove her crown. Fincham, appointed ITV's director of television in May, seems to be repaying the gesture by investing in the shares. Brave man. They have more than halved in a year.
Tuesday 19 August 2008
This exhibition almost becomes a homage to Annie Leibovitz. This is no bad thing, but it shows how the Vanity Fair photographers – including Cecil Beaton, Edward Steichen, Man Ray and Mario Testino – have played such an integral part in the magazine's history.
Saturday 09 August 2008
The BBC suspended all commissions from the production company behind the hit comedy Peep Show after a memory stick containing personal details of hundreds of children was stolen.
Saturday 12 July 2008
Thursday 19 June 2008
In the announcement of the National Portrait Gallery's forthcoming retrospective of work by the celebrated New York-based portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, one of the sponsors of the show lets us know how proud he is to be working with Annie (note the personal touch) again. Words such as trust, respect, service are bandied about. These are words that are at odds with what many of us think photographers are up to quite a lot of the time. But surely Leibovitz is not one of these? Surely Leibovitz, photographer of an entire, all-too-well-known world of stars and starlets, is not quite like this?
Friday 02 May 2008
A mistress of the ambivalent, the American photographer Annie Leibovitz has a talent for catching a cultural mood in her portraits, while exploiting it at the same time. Her photograph of Demi Moore, nude and heavily pregnant, pointed up celebrity exhibitionism, but in an oddly flattering manner. Arnold Schwarzenegger, stripped to the waist astride what looked like a Lipizzaner stallion, managed to be both quasi-fascistic and yet oddly affectionate. Her latest portrait, a controversial semi-nude shot of the 15-year-old star Miley Cyrus, captures that moment of adolescence which is both knowing and yet childishly innocent.
Friday 29 February 2008
It was a black moment for Peter Fincham last October when he was forced to resignas controller of BBC1 over the "Crowngate" affair involving a misleading press trailer for a documentary about the Queen.
Sunday 17 February 2008
Friday 15 February 2008
If the tone of this documentary about the celebrated photographer is rather too reverential, that's because it was made by her younger sister Barbara.
Sunday 27 January 2008
Review: The Queen and TV just don't understand one another. And this sometimes insultingly simplistic documentary didn't help at all
Sunday 02 December 2007
Monday 04 May 1998
Wednesday 19 November 1997
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