Brooklyn Beckham's book branded 'brilliant' and 'terrible'

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Brooklyn Beckham's debut photography book has been mocked on social media - but many critics have been kinder.

What I See is his first book, and features photographs taken by the 18-year-old son of ex-footballer David and fashion designer Victoria Beckham.

Some of them offer glimpses in to the home lifestyle of the Beckham clan - like this one of his sister Harper drawing.

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Others are taken from his own travels around the world.

This one of a set designer was taken during the shooting of Guy Ritchie's movie King Arthur - which his father David appeared in.

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But while his photographs have helped him build up more than 10 million Instagram followers - not everybody has been positive.

One picture of an elephant received particular ire on social media. Brooklyn had added to his dimly-lit shot with a caption explaining elephants were "so hard to photograph".

Some Twitter users who did a quick search on Google Images disagreed with that.

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One critic - the arts editor of the i paper, Alice Jones - also poked fun at a couple of the photos and their somewhat minimalistic captions, in a comment which received more than 11,000 retweets.

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But writing in GQ, Eleanor Davies said many critics were just "being snide".

"At just 18 Brooklyn Beckham is very young for a published photographer and he should be proud of this book," she wrote.

"Critics should give Brooklyn Beckham a break and encourage this budding photographer. After all, David Bailey didn't even get his first photography job as an assistant until he was 21."

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Elle's Katie O'Malley described him as a "star on the rise", while Heat World's Aimee Jakes said the book as "bloody brilliant", adding: "It's definitely something you'll want on your coffee table bbz."

Writing in Dazed, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff said some of the images were "poorly planned" but added: "Not all of the pictures in the book are arguably as worthy of criticism."

In an open letter, the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz told Brooklyn: "The snide remarks being made about your work are cheap and self-serving. Ignore them."

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Writing in The Guardian, Marina Hyde took a more analytical approach, debating the pros and cons of celebrity children being given more opportunities than other people their own age.

"Fittingly, the fuss over Brooklyn Beckham's debut book of photography is a little out of focus," she wrote.

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Image source, Brooklyn Beckham

Publisher Penguin Random House defended the book, with managing director Francesca Dow commenting: "What I See is a book for teenagers, by a teenager, which gives Brooklyn's fans broader insight into his world seen through his unique and creative perspective."

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What I See is published this month

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