"Photography itself is not really real… I use all the tools available": Annie Leibovitz talks AI, at her L’Académie des Beaux-arts induction

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 20: Annie Leibovitz speaks during her intake ceremony into the Académie des Beaux-Arts on March 20, 2024 in Paris, France.The American photographer Annie Leibovitz is installed as a foreign associate member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts by her colleague Sebastiao Salgado, member of the photography section. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
Annie Leibovitz speaks during her intake ceremony into the Académie des Beaux-Arts on March 20, 2024 in Paris. (Image credit: Pierre Suu / Getty Images)

Annie Leibovitz has just been inducted into the French Academy of Fine Arts, and during her landmark achievement shared her thoughts on the use of artificial intelligence in photography.

Annie Leibovitz was officially installed as a Foreign Associate Member of the French Academy of Fine Arts by fellow renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado. L’Académie des Beaux-arts is one of five academies making up the Institut de France, and encourages artistic creation in all its expressions and ensures the defence of French cultural heritage. 

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a photographer, photo editor and writer based in the UK, and for almost a decade he has worked with brands and publications to create, edit, and sequence imagery. Having recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Photography from the University of the West of England (UWE), Kalum joined Digital Camera World as a Staff Writer, covering news, reviews, and his biggest passion – photography books! 


Kalum's photography has been published and exhibited around the world, and he continues to photograph on a project-by-project basis. He is currently working on a personal project capturing the people and landscape of Gower, South Wales. Currently untitled, this body of work will be exhibited for the National Trust later this year.