Annie Leibovitz photos blasted: "yet again she can’t photograph Black women"

Annie Leibowitz
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Annie Leibovitz has come under fire from the public and media alike for her recent photographs of United States Supreme Court Justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson, taken for Vogue.

Jackson, the first Black woman on the US Supreme Court, is depicted at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. However, Leibovitz's images shared on Twitter (below) are overly dark and underlit, leaving her subject underexposed and poorly represented – a criticism that has long been leveled at the photographer when photographing Black subjects.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.