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God should have a Leica, says Lou Reed

Published on Nov 15, 2012 6:28 AM
US Rock Star and Photographer Lou Reed gives a press conference to present his book "Rhymes" on November 14, 2012 in Paris. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - God should have a Leica camera, Lou Reed pronounced on Wednesday, as the US rock legend unveiled a book of photography spanning four decades of his "adventures with light".

Quizzed about the enigmatic phrase, which prefaces the weighty tome of some 300 landscapes, skylines, cities and abstract images shot around the world, Reed told reporters: "I did say that - and I believe it too. He or she should have a Leica, no question about it." The phrase "was a small homage" to the classic cameras, the 70-year-old quipped.

Entitled Rhymes/Rimes and published in France, Reed's book retraces 46 years of images, from his Andy Warhol-influenced 1960s to the present, with candid shots of his wife the performance artist Laurie Anderson among the few portraits in the collection.

"I'm a graduate of Warhol university," Reed joked. "I was very, very lucky to be around Andy Warhol and the various people and artists he gathered around him to be part of what came to be known as The Factory.

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