The Real Reason Annie Leibovitz Is Broke
Turns out no one really wants to buy her stuff
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2010 10:14 AM CDT
Updated Oct 31, 2010 2:59 PM CDT
In this Oct. 29, 2009 file photo, Annie Leibovitz poses for the media, prior to a media tour through her exhibition at Kunsthaus Gallery in Vienna.   (AP Photo/Lilli Strauss, File)

(Newser) – Despite earning $2 million a year from Vanity Fair, celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz is in dire financial straits—how can this be? John Gapper explains in the Financial Times: No one is collecting her work. Despite shooting such iconic pictures as a naked and pregnant Demi Moore, or the also-naked John Lennon with Yoko Ono, Leibovitz’s work simply hasn’t gained a following among people with expensive tastes. Some don’t admire her style; some cite a lack of focus; others say she hasn’t played “by the art market rules.”

High-profile fashion and society photographers sold some of their works for as much as $3 million, but at auctions this year, most of Leibovitz’s prints have sold for single-figure thousands, or even just hundreds, of dollars. One expert explains that in order to find success, artists must work closely with auction houses and galleries—and Leibovitz hasn’t. “She suffered from not caring about it, not paying enough attention,” says one gallery owner; another adds, “We dropped her because it would take six months just to get a print signed.” Click here for more on how she got underwater.

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notorious5to3
Oct 31, 2010 6:48 PM CDT
Boo hoo hoo, I'm broke! I cannot comprehend or feel sorry for someone who makes 2 million dollars per year, with lots of other paid side projects. Really? I'm "making it work" with a family of four on a yearly salary of about 40K. Come live in my shoes for a year, you'll never complain again.
Twiny
Oct 31, 2010 5:14 PM CDT
So, am I supposed to feel sorry for her? She was arrogant and condescending towards galleries and auction houses, where her bread and butter comes from, and I'm supposed to feel SORRY for her? The stupid bitch made her bed, now let her lie in it....
Count-Spatula
Oct 27, 2010 8:44 PM CDT
When she whored herself out to provide some real schlock to Disney (for a big paycheck), her credibility tanked: http://www.rm116.com/2007/02/annie_leibowitz.html