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12 February 2013


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John - I saw this stuff yesterday and nearly gagged.

Interestingly shortly afterwards I also read Joerg Colberg's latest post:


and the various gems of wisdom it contained, amongst which was this line:

"We need to realize that whatever we want to call this activity - selecting, editing, curating - it needs to be at a core of something that will take us - and photography itself - to a new level, a level beyond the shallow, mindless consumption of photographs that the representation of the medium on the internet has turned into!

Photography deserves better!"

There were less nauseating ways that CNN and Magnum might have tackled this, and which ultimately would have been enlightening, thought-provoking and tasteful.

I'm off to be sick.

People felt offended and blame by CNN and Magnum for the juxtaposition and their cheesy editorial concept of "how similar could be the photogarpher's style of shooting war or/and fashion ". I'm agree, but I would like to add something because I think this controversial feature which makes me think to Steven Meisel/Vogue complicity (but that's an other story!) has its roots in the mind of editorial staffs in newspapers before CNN put it's recent feature online
Where those images of fashion by photojournalists came from? Photo editors from, let's say NYT, Le Monde to name a few ( but as far I remembered they initiate the trend) had commissioned war photojournalists to follow Fashion Weeks in Paris or New York. Why did they ask Paolo Pellegrin, Jerome Sessini or Christopher Anderson etc to do Fashion weeks, Because the conditions are hectic, because newspapers want something offbeat and photographers who shoot in war conditions could offer something different than a photographer who used to shoot fashion.. Even if i always feel this idea weird to put a photographer who come back from Grozny or Irak ( or Lybia, or Afghanistan or Syria ....) straight to the catwalk, but well, they manage to come back with an interseting vision . But send for something offbeat a Street Photographer" into the crazyness of the Fashion Weeks , and the result would be great too (I just remember a series Jeff Mermelstein did 2 years ago for The NewYorker as an an example). Being offbeat as the rallying cry!
Fashion and War in photography it's not new. As for another example,
the World Press Photo exhibition in Paris uses to be hosted by Azzedine Alaïa (famous fashion designer) in a very fancy venue and during the opening, the photojournalism community is mixed with fashion models, while very good wine fills the glasses and everyone seems happy. Disturbing vision of blood and war in a glamourous athmosphere. 2ème Bureau the press office for Visa Pour l'Image used to be (and is still) specialized in Fashion...so the marriage is conssumed for a while now.
It is maybe just my attempt to interpretate the CNN/Magnum feature.

Crisis is right- perhaps more like panic. We can all expect more of the same, and probably worse. I'm surprised Annie didn't do a fashion spread on Katrina, Haiti or the Gulf like she did for Sandy.

Very good of Paolo to comment. It's good to know there are consciences at work, and working bloody hard.

Sick just sick!

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