In the November Vanity Fair, there’s an Annie Leibovitz 2007 Music Portfolio of folk singers. (Exclusive shaky-cam video here.) Evidently the wily buggers are very elusive, as contributing editor Lisa Robinson writes:
Once again, research consultant Deane Zimmerman made hundreds of phone calls and sent countless e-mails to track people down.
Last year, the Music Portfolio captured a number of county artists, and they too were a canny bunch:
research consultant Deane Zimmerman had to live through about 2,000 phone calls and an equal
number of e-mails to track everyone down.
In 2005, rappers were the focus, and yes, they were surprisingly skittish:
research consultant Deane Zimmerman tracked people down through relatives, lawyers, and friends
Is it really that hard to get well-known performers to agree to get their pictures taken by a well-known photographer for a well-known magazine?
Or is there some nepotism at work here?
(photograph by Kathryn MacLeod)