Yesterday, at a Cannes Lions panel, Kanye West announced that a) Annie Leibovitz backed out of photographing his wedding to Kim Kardashian, and b) that, to supplement the loss, he and Kardashian subsequently spent four days of their honeymoon Photoshopping wedding photos to resemble Leibovitz’s work.
Kanye blasted Leibovitz, who shot him and Kim for the cover of Vogue, for ditching their over-the-top nuptials with just one day to go, saying, “She was afraid of celebrity.”
He added that he then spent four days of his honeymoon perfecting the photo of himself kissing Kim at the altar in Florence in front of a wall of roses.
Kanye explained, “Let me tell you something about that kiss photo that my girl put up … this was pissing my girl off during the honeymoon, she was exhausted because we worked on the photo so much because Annie Leibovitz pulled out right before the wedding. I think that she was, like, scared of the idea of celebrity.”
“Because Annie pulled out, I was like, ‘Okay, I still want my wedding photos to look like Annie Leibovitz,’ and we sat there and worked on that photo for, like, four days because the flowers were off-color.
“Can you imagine telling someone who wants to just Instagram a photo, who’s the No. 1 person on Instagram, ‘We need to work on the color of the flower wall,’ or the idea that it’s a Givenchy dress, and it’s not about the name Givenchy, it’s about the talent that is Riccardo Tisci — and how important Kim is to the Internet.
“And the fact the No. 1 most-liked photo [on Instagram] has a kind of aesthetic was a win for what the mission is, which is raising the palette.
This is the finished product, four days in the making:
I mean, yeah. It’s fine. I don’t know what took four days. It seems like a big-ass wall of flowers speaks for itself, but whatever, that’s their journey. I’m just saying I could have helped. I could have, with less time, composed a classy, understated image for these two lovebirds.
This minimalist art, evocative of early Doisneau, speaks to the love between these two individuals, an everlasting gossamer wind song, a springtime angel’s breath upon our very world. The cats represent cats.
You’re welcome, Kanye.