Controversial US Olympic Photos Critically Debated
Over the weekend, CBS News released a collection of photos of the London Olympic atheletes taken by sports photographer Joe Klamar (AFP/GettyImages) during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.
There has been a storm of controversy among the general public and photographers alike in regards to the quality of these images. Technical mistakes, questionable creative decisions, and other oversights such as torn seamless paper and lighting setups are among the talking points.
Let me start out by saying that these are not the only photos from the summit, these are just photos from one single photographer which happened to be cleared by Getty Images and CBS News to represent the US Olympic Atheletes. There are many photographers that are invited to these events. Each is given a space and a limited amount of time (generally under 5 minutes, and sometimes only 30 seconds) to get a few portraits.
I am sure there are a lot of factors that contributed to the quality of these images, from time constraints to equipment constraints. It is tough to say, especially since Mr. Klamar’s past work is quite exceptional, and quick search on Google Images shows that he has shot at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
I am also curious to see the other shots from this session. I am sure there were some great shots in there, yet they were not included of course in the “viral bashing” that has ensued. While you can criticize the photographer, I feel like we all take bad photos, we just don’t show them. The real problem here lies with what was actually released to the public, which is why I feel the blame lies with Getty Images and CBS.
What do you all think about the subject?
Shot putter Jillian Camarena-Williams
Swimmer Michael Phelps
Gymnast Nastia Liukin
Gymnast Jonathan Horton
Sailing Team Debbie Capozzi
Weightlifter Sarah Robles
Here are more of his images on CBS News.