Photo Finish

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The cool thing about this retrospective look at Annie Leibovitz Vanity Fair covers? You can see how many times the people of color get pushed to the right side of the frame, putting them safely off of the main cover of the magazine and only seen when the flap is unfolded. Victims include Zoë Saldana, America Ferrera, Kerry Washington, Lucy Liu (see the link), Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, Rosario Dawson, Omar Epps, Jennifer Lopez (in 1997, they probably like her now that she's blonder and less "ethnic"), Will Smith and Angela Bassett. (Click to see some examples.) [ONTD]

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There's a gallery in Santa Fe which stocks a lot of Annie Leibovitz's work and though she may or may not have certain sensibilities (shoot the messenger, anyone), when you're walking down the street and when her photos come into view, you sort of have to give it to her because she's clearly an artist.

Of course, what always strikes me on my trips to that gallery is the $290,000 photo from Ansel Adams because I've always admired his work, but damn...