ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
November 15, 2012 12:00:00 AM
  Follow @ Twitter

God should have a Leica camera, Lou Reed pronounced today, as the US rock legend unveiled a book of photography spanning four decades of his "adventures with light".

Quizzed about the enigmatic phrase, which prefaces the weighty tome of some 300 landscapes, skylines, cities and abstract images shot around the world, Reed told reporters:

"I did say that -- and I believe it too. He or she should have a Leica, no question about it."

The phrase "was a small homage" to the classic cameras, the 70-year-old quipped.

Entitled "Rhymes/Rimes" and published in France, Reed's book retraces 46 years of images, from his Andy Warhol-influenced 1960s to the present, with candid shots of his wife the performance artist Laurie Anderson among the few portraits in the collection.

"I'm a graduate of Warhol university," Reed joked. "I was very, very lucky to be around Andy Warhol and the various people and artists he gathered around him to be part of what came to be known as The Factory.

"And I really, really paid attention to what he was doing. Look at what he did to photos from a newspaper with colour -- it's amazing."

Without titles, dates, place names or captions of any kind, Reed's own book of photography is intended as a "visual poem", he said.

"That's why it's called Rhymes," he said. "It's really better just to let people look at it, it doesn't matter when or where it is, so I took all the titles and burned them. Bye bye titles!

"Doing things chronologically was really boring. But if you used it as a narrative, as a long poem -- then things got interesting," he added.

Asked how he works, Reed said he always carries a camera in his pocket -- he was fondling a little Sony throughout the press conference -- and acts "pretty well on instinct".

"It's all about the light as far as I'm concerned. I love looking through a lens, and focusing it and cropping it the way I want."

He also said he didn't hesitate a second before going digital.

"I love digital photography -- I love everything about it," he said.

"Getting to see it immediately, so if you didn't get the light right, the exposure right, if the ISO wasn't right, you can correct it -- hopefully til you get it right."

Dressed in black sweatshirt with wiry little spectacles, Reed lived up to his reputation as a tough client for the press.

"Clouds are free," came the deadpan response to one journalist quizzing him about his fondness for skylines.

"You can't make a doughnut smart," was his stinging reply to another, before "You are joking, right?" to a reporter who ventured to ask if photography offered him a form of escape.

AFP


 

Wiggle


PREVIOUS STORY
Sesame Street puppeteer denies underage sex claim
NEXT STORY
Stallone hints at Rambo's last stand

Bookmark and Share
   




FIJI NEWS
Female candidates get 16% votesFemale candidates in the 2014 general election have so far managed to grab 63,089 votes which accounts to 16% of the total provisional tally of 387,400 released early this morning.
SPORTS
Fiji U20 to tour Australia next monthThe Vodafone Fiji U20 side will tour Australia after the Inter District Championship (IDC) next month.
TECHNOLOGY
Vodafone Fiji, Tonga telco in allianceVodafone Fiji and Tonga Communications Corporation today signed a strategic partnership alliance that will allow the Tongan company to leverage off the experience of their Fijian counterparts.
LIFESTYLE/FASHION
Tafuna’i ready to fly Fiji’s flag highNew crowned Miss World Fiji, Charlene Tafuna’i is ready to do wonders for Fiji in the Miss World Finals in December and is calling for the nation’s backing.
CELEBRITY
Film makers create Indo-Pak border in FijiKya Dilli Kya Lahore’s producers created the barren Wagah border between India and Pakistan in Fiji for the movie which stars Vijay Raaz.
OFFBEAT
Mercury 'took Princess Diana to gay barQueen singer Freddie Mercury disguised the late Princess Diana as a male model and smuggled her into a notorious gay bar, according to a memoir serialised in Britain's Sunday Times.
NEWS SPORTS INFOTAINMENT SERVICES MOBILE EXTRA HOT TOPICS