Joe Klamar Explains His Controversial Olympic Photos
According to the AFP Blog post, Joe did not have prior knowledge that all the photographers at the Photo Summit were allowed to set up their own photo studios. He thought that it was more an event photography-type job, and therefore only brought along “two cameras and three lenses (17-35mm, 70-200mm and 300mm), plus one flash and a 12-inch laptop.” What he saw when he arrived was not what he expected at all:
To his horror, he saw upon arriving that his colleagues from other news agencies and media organizations had set up studio booths with professional lights, backdrops and prop assistants. “It was very embarrassing to find out that I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of a studio,” Joe told us by email.
A press officer from the U.S. Olympic Committee took pity on Joe, and helped him convince another photographer to share booth space. “He of course had the priority, but he was really very kind, and let me take pictures. We slowly learned how to coexist and work side-by-side,” Joe recalled.
Although it didn’t explain why CBS chose to release these specific photos, at least we now know that Joe faced a nightmare scenario of not getting all the critical facts for a shoot and ending up having the wrong gear for the job.
His intention was not to cast a bad light on the Olympians.
Be sure to read the rest of the story at AFP Blog.
So readers, what are your opinions? Have you ever had to go through a nightmare scenarios like Joe and how did you handle it?