Photographer Ripped For ‘Shoddy’ Olympic Photos

A set of portraits of American Olympians has generated negative feelings in the photography community because of an “amateur” and “shoddy” look that some think was intentional.

The photos were taken for Getty and AFP at the USOC media summit by Joe Klamar. While other photographers at the event chose to shoot the portraits straight up, Klamar’s had a different feel. Members of the photography community weren’t going for it. While the photos were taken in May, they’ve only recently gained a notorious reputation thanks to a thread on reddit’s photography page. Here’s a typical comment on reddit’s photography page:

“wow… he’s trying something new for press shots, concealing some details in shadows… using FOV and perspective to distort subjects in a not-so appealing way… Oh wait, these haven’t been processed… Wow they’re getting worse… Ok this wasn’t on purpose…these are terrible…”


You know when you’re watching a basketball game and the director cuts to a floor-level camera from behind the basket and you’re thinking, “huh, this is neat” for about two seconds before realizing that you can’t see anything? There’s a reason that camera has been positioned halfway up the stadium at half court for a reason. It looks good for a reason. That’s sort of my thought on Klamar’s photos. He tried to do something different and it didn’t work. (Making Natalie Coughlin look anything but beautiful, for instance, was a big miss.)

That’s my uninformed opinion. Some folks in the photography field were a bit more harsh: “This is an embarrassment to our country and my profession,” one wrote.

How about you, what is your take on Joe Klamar’s Olympic portraits? Does his new form of “art” gain a Like or a Gripe?

Source: Yahoo News

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Photos of ‘Beer-Slugging’ Hillary Clinton Causes Stir

Over the weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cut loose during her trip to the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, partying at a local club early Sunday morning. And while the outing may be fairly typical of visitors to Latin American countries, photos showing Clinton dancing and throwing back a bottle of beer proved too irresistible for the tabloid press.

According to the New York Post, Clinton arrived at Cartagena’s Cafe Havana with a dozen female aides just after midnight: ”Clinton quickly proved she’s just a regular gal when it comes to drinking. She eschewed a glass and sucked down her Aguila pilsener cerveza straight from the bottle.”


According to a local paper cited by TMZ, Clinton and her party “ordered a dozen beers, two glasses of whiskey and bottles of water.” TMZ dubbed her the “Secretary of PARTYING.” Sadly, Clinton’s impromptu soiree lasted just half an hour. The photo landed on the Post’s front page. The headline: “SWILLARY.”

“Front page picture of ‘Swillary’ Clinton is brutally unfair,” Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary under George W. Bush and current CNN analyst, wrote on Twitter. “She drank a beer at a summit meeting event. So what?” London’s Telegraph latched onto the photos, too. “Is Hillary Clinton becoming an embarrassment as Secretary of State?” the paper’s Niles Gardner asked in a blog post.

This is not the first time Hillary’s drinking on a diplomatic trip has been fodder for the press. In 2006, the New York Times relayed a 2004 anecdote about a vodka-drinking contest between Clinton and Sen. John McCain.

Did the Secretary of State display inappropriate partying behavior, or is the media just too judgemental? Let us know through your comments!

Source: Yahoo News

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