If I understand right this was a round robin of photographers shooting each athlete. He knew there would be shots taken up to standard that can be used and wanted something different I suppose... The guys who take great shots at this shoot are going totally unnoticed while we all are looking at these ugly shots and talking about this photographer... is he getting exactly what he wants?
An article where Joe Klamar sheds a little insight:
http://blogs.afp.com/correspondent/?pos … mpic-icons From the article:
“I was under the impression that I was going to be photographing athletes on a stage or during press conference where I would take their headshots for our archives,” he explained. “I really had no idea that there would be a possibility for setting up a studio.”
In Balance Photography wrote: If the intention of the photographer was to show that these athletes are regular people, and just like regular people, they get their photograph taken by some family member that just unboxed their very first camera, I think he succeeded wildly.
What I thought too.
Obviously there was reasoning behind the poor taste in lighting/photography. I doubt it was a mistake.
So let me get this straight.
The man was paid money to do a job and did it.
Has been a working photographer for 20 years.
Won an award in his country.
Apparently did what he was hired to do.
These pictures were for a news agency and not the official PR pictures of the USA team.
Yet people here are calling him a GWC. Got to love MM.
what about the wrinkled foreheads and other general horribleness in the way they looked? even with bad lighting you can still get good expressions if you are allowed to take more than a few shots. i manage to do it during the formals and often i only get like 6 shots of each grouping. and if you only have one light then bounce it off something and at least get some light into both eyes. sheesh. this turkey makes terry richardson look like a genius.
if this was some sort of intentional thing to make the pictures look amateur then he succeeded. there were some halfway decent ideas in there but the lighting, expressions, cropping were just awful. yuck. horrible. icky. they should have had the parents take the photos with their cellphones.
Rollo David Snook wrote: The lesson for everybody here, is BE PREPARED for any lighting situation.