Not exactly ready for glossy Olympic ads. Or anything?
July 6, 2012 10:52 AM Subscribe
Ignore the torn paper below as I look bored amidst this painful-looking pose, thanks.
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Joe Klamar, a photographer associated with the news agency AFP who won the 2009 Czech Press Photo group's Photo of the Year for a striking shot of President Obama in Prague
, is under fire
in certain corners of the web for his photos of U.S. Olympic athletes
These were not widely published, but were posted at the CBS News website,
in gallery format. Now, these photos may have just been thrown out there by AFP and Getty images, in throw-it-out-see-what-sticks fashion, but they have nonetheless sparked discussion
the line between professional photography and semi-amateur fauxtography
. Could any random photographer you could find on Craigslist or Flickr have done just as well? Or were these intentionally sloppy portraits, subversive
ones meant to show the athletes as human beings, and not fodder for, say, BP ads
? On the other hand, Slate appears to argue
, maybe they show the ill effects of throwing just any ol' stuff out to see what sticks by the likes of Getty, and poorly organized, cattle call-like photo sessions.