It was the kiss (photo) seen around the world and holds the distinction of being the most liked photo on Instagram. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s much publicized wedding photo has been liked by 2.29 million people. And according to Kanye (who never seems to have an issue of speaking his mind publicly), it was the result of 4 days of editing no thanks to famed celebrity photographer, Annie Leibovitz.
While speaking on the panel for Festival of Creativity’s “Technology, Culture and Consumer Adoption: Learning to Read the Cultural Landscape” at the Cannes Lions festival on Tuesday, Kanye revealed that Leibovitz pulled out of shooting the Kimye wedding the day before it took place. Kanye and Kim wed at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence in May and the wedding was shot by 22 year old British photographer, Conor McDonnell.
After the wedding, it took days to get the photo to the public via Kim’s Instagram because even though Leibovitz canceled, they still wanted their photos to look like the work of the iconic photographer and so the pair did their best to edit the photo in the Leibovitz style.
“I think she [Leibovitz] was scared of the idea of celebrity,” West said. “But because Annie pulled out, I was like, ‘I still want my wedding photos to look like Annie Leibovitz’s photos’ and we sat there and worked on that photo for four days — because the flowers were off-color and stuff like that.
Kanye also stated that Kim was exhausted and unhappy during the honeymoon having to work on the photo for so long. “Can you imagine telling someone who wants to just Instagram a photo, who’s the number one person on Instagram, ‘We need to work on the color of the flower wall,’ or the idea that it’s a Givenchy dress, and it’s not about the name Givenchy, it’s about the talent that is Riccardo Tisci – and how important Kim is to the internet,” he explained.
No word yet on why Ms. Leibovitz pulled out of the wedding last minute, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t because she was “scared of the idea of celebrity.”
[via ABC News]