Slob photographer, Joe Klamar, gives people a chance to get their Ugly American hate on … [Darleen Click]
Oh … I meant Slav photographer
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.
The pictures are uniformly ugly. This is even worse than the most ill-motivated Guy.With.Camera crap. But since Klamar allegedly works for Agence France Presse and wins awards, then the idea of this being a deliberate effort to turn in the worst captures possible is more than plausible.
Klamar’s almost criminal misuse of a Nikon is even applauded with this paragraph, courtesy Michael Shaw, oozing with contempt.
Whether the picture subverts the background, the composition, the lighting or the athlete’s expression (or some combination), what at least a handful of Klamar’s photos “accomplish” is to slight the plasticized image of the Olympic athlete perpetuated throughout the quadrennial media and advertising orgy. More than that though (and imagine you’re reading the rest of this sentence to rabid chants of USA!! USA!!), I think this subset of photos also take a silent sledgehammer to the jingoistic adulation of the American team, to the extent these athletes serve as a fantasy extension of the dying dream of American worldwide superiority.
Wow, Mike, tell us how you really feel!
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Now, don’t be calling Mikey “unPatriotic” or anything! Progressives are just as American as the bitter clinger next door!
Remember Jill Greenberg?
Tags: anti-american, joe klamar, olympics, photography