I've been tempted to apologize for my remarks about Annie Leibovitz's "Romulus and Remus" picture a few weeks ago. I suppose I should—generally, TOP champions photographers and their concerns and interests; you won't find many instances of photographers and their work getting run down here. Still and all, my remarks might have been intemperate, but they were dead sincere. I genuinely was dismayed by that picture.
Several people have accused me, in the aftermath, of an intolerance for fantasy, which might be true. But there's good and bad in every genre, with the possible exception of the one where babies get dressed up as daisies.
Consider the brand spankin' new website of French advertising hotter-than-hot-shot Jean-Yves Lemoigne. A lot of his pictures qualify as fantasy, wouldn't you say? Curiously, though, a lot of the fantastic pictures either are or could be straight photographs of conceptual setups.(Not the pixelated nude girls that are pinging around the internet, I'll grant you that.)
He's also one of the few photographers I know of whose advertising work is at least as interesting as any of his other work.
The picture above was done for Sagem Mobile Phone. (Can't you just smell the carpet?)
(Thanks to Dave Kee)