Annie Leibovitz ♥’s Her iPhone Camera

We recently did a story about professional photographers who are choosing to go with smaller cameras and smartphones for their photography because it makes the process simpler and more discreet. Add to that list one more noted photographer: Annie Leibovitz.

Leibovitz recently told NBC’s Brian Williams that her favorite “snapshot” camera these days is Apple’s iPhone. The reason?

“It’s so accessible and easy,” Leibovitz told Williams.

Meanwhile, the New York Times just posted this story about accessories to turn your smartphone into “a semi-pro camera.” (Whatever that means.)

Watch the interview with Leibovitz below and tell us in the comments what you think about the whole “smartphone photography” phenomenon.

Just a fad or does it have the makings of a major move away from big digital SLRs to compacts as the tool of choice?

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13 Responses to “Annie Leibovitz ♥’s Her iPhone Camera”

  1. Kevin Thornhill Says:

    I can see the cheap compact market being affected but not DSLR, M43 or SLT. When the iPhone can deivery Fuji X100 results then the industry needs to be worried.

  2. Thomas Toohey Brown Says:

    Many photographers for years have carried a point and shoot camera in their breast pocket…you can get in and out of an opportunity which does not welcome press coverage (makes you look like a bystander)…pro cameras and other pro methods are not always welcomed…try using a tripod in Washington, DC .

  3. Sonja Says:

    Who cares what she uses
    Her photography is really boring

  4. Mark Says:

    You’d think after all these years she’d learn not to get her finger in the photo.

  5. Joe Says:

    Hurray for her. Maybe she needs a small camera cause she is broke. Let’s see some of her images from the iPhone

  6. KGB Says:

    Annie Leibo-who?

    Her opinion means nothing.

    She’d still need at least 8 assistants to hand it to her…

  7. DC Says:

    To all of the arrogant people leaving asinine comments about Annie’s opinion having no value. If an accomplished photographer who has risen to her level has no merit, just what makes you think that YOUR opinion matters to anyone ? The unfortunate thing about the Internet is the false sense of self-importance it seems to instill in everyone. Learn some humility and you might learn something useful in life.

  8. Jim Says:

    Wow, so many angry people. I’m not a huge fan of her work but there are some shots she’s done that I like a lot. Whether you’re a fan of her work or not is your subjective opinion. The excessive negativity tends to suggest it originates from individuals who are less than successful in their own careers.

  9. Della Says:

    One can learn a lot from the living masters of photography. Or you can snipe and sit in the dark.

  10. John Lund Says:

    Over my thirty plus years of professional photography I have seen the market embrace an ever wider range of styles…this is just one more expansion.

  11. Andrew Says:

    Can’t comment…… off to buy an iphone!

  12. Rob Says:

    Well said DC….it really gets tiring!

  13. North Sullivan Says:

    Having captured the aftermath of 9-11 on a Mju II I’m convinced many subjects would have been closed to any but a compact. The iPhone is the latest incarnation. A sheer joy. My latest portrait show was shot and processed entirely with iPhone and at 10 x 8 the prints were a delight.