Earlier this week during an event in Cannes, France, Kanye West called out famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for supposedly backing out of shooting his and Kim Kardashian‘s wedding photos. Now, Leibovitz is addressing the accusation.
Kanye suggested that Leibovitz — who has photographed famous people, from Queen Elizabeth II to Michael Jackson, since the early ’70s — was just “afraid of celebrity.” But the rapper and photographer have now issued a kiss-and-make-up joint statement.
“Although Kanye expressed frustration that he was not able to collaborate with Annie Leibovitz at his recent wedding, he is not assigning blame, and is not accusing Annie in any way,” the statement reads, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Although the two had been in negotiations “for weeks,” an agreement to have Leibovitz shoot the wedding photo was never reached. “Annie would have been happy to do the portrait but she was never confirmed,” the statement says, also noting that the photographer is “not known to shoot weddings” but that “Kanye West dreams big.”
“He loves and respects Annie as a true artist and wanted to bring her eye for beauty to the imagery of the event,” the statement goes on to say. “It was Kanye’s dream to bring together for the wedding his favorite creatives.” Those creatives, the statement says, included Leibovitz.
It’s worth noting that Leibovitz did shoot the Vogue cover featuring Kim and Kanye.
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