Kanye West took his album cover photo at the last minute with his iPhone

Jun 3, 2018

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Kanye West took his album cover photo at the last minute with his iPhone

Jun 3, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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We’ve all done things at the last minute from time to time. Famous rapper Kanye West took it to a new level when choosing an artwork for his latest album Ye. He took the photo himself, with an iPhone: on his way to the album listening party in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Why hire a photographer when you can do it yourself?

West held an outdoor listening party for his latest album in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this Friday. According to a tweet from his wife Kim Kardashian West, Kanye took the album cover image himself while on the way to the party. All musicians I know spend an eternity choosing the ideal artist and cover artwork for their album. But apparently, Kanye had a different approach.

The album cover is a snapshot of a beautiful landscape which obviously inspired Kanye, with handwritten text reading “I hate being Bi-Polar its awesome” [sic]. The famous rapper even launched a “Ye cover generator” that lets you create your own Ye album cover and write whatever you like over his last-minute snapshot.

As Ryan Mense of FStoppers notices and I agree, this shift in creativity is a very interesting phenomenon. How many times have you heard the phrase “everyone is a photographer nowadays?” I wouldn’t say this is exactly true, but with iPhones and other fancy camera phones, I guess everyone can feel like a photographer. I believe Kanye felt like one too considering that he decided to use his own snapshot as the album cover.

Now, I’m not a professional and I don’t make money from photography. But I believe that many professionals feel underestimated and annoyed because “everyone is a photographer.” What are your thoughts on this? Does it annoy you that everyone thinks they’re photographers or you’re not bothered at all?

[via FStoppers, lead image credits: Jason Persse]

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5 responses to “Kanye West took his album cover photo at the last minute with his iPhone”

  1. estebamzen Avatar
    estebamzen

    He is the artist – he can do whatever he wants. Its his album so why even care? Just because he has the money it doesnt mean he has to hire a photographer ?!?! I would do the same. Its my own piece of art :)

  2. Galonii August Avatar
    Galonii August

    why is this news?

  3. Abel Rego Avatar
    Abel Rego

    Photo is like his album – shit

  4. Cubo Superschnitzelkönig Avatar
    Cubo Superschnitzelkönig

    the caption is old and banal, with no actual link to the songs of the album.
    the landscape is beautiful, yet decontextualized and used as just a background lacks of importance.

    this is not a work of art, neither a particularly good album cover.
    it has no real value nor meaning.

  5. D.Sigrey Avatar
    D.Sigrey

    West also paid $85,000.00 for rights to use a photo of the bathroom Whitney Houston died in, complete with drug paraphernalia still visible for Pusha T’s Daytona album. Gotta make up that cost somewhere…

    https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/pusha-t-daytona-album-artwork-whitney-houston/