Google tapped Annie Leibovitz to help launch the Pixel 4 smartphone with a series of diptychs and videos (shot on Pixel) of social activists around the U.S. According to TIME magazine, Google essentially gave Leibovitz carte blanche to select and shoot the subjects as she saw fit. But are the results compelling?
In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen recount their visceral reaction to the project (e.g. “sellout”), whether tech brands should keep pushing the “Shot on Pixel/iPhone” narrative, and feeling nostalgia for Leibovitz’s earlier work.
We mention the following photographers, articles, and websites in this episode:
- Annie Leibovitz x Google Pixel: Face Forward
- Behind the FIRSTS Project: How Luisa Dörr Shot 12 TIME Covers On Her iPhone
- Magazine Covers Shot with Phones Ain’t No Thang
- DigitalFoto Solution Limited Smartphone Video Rig
- John Lennon and Yoko Ono
- For Annie Leibovitz, a Fuzzy Financial Picture
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