Posts Tagged ‘professional photographer’

Yes you read that right, $4,338,500!  On November 8th 2011, this photograph sold at a Christie’s Auction.  The photograph is called snore….we mean “Rhein II”.  We fell out of our seats here at the studio, when we saw the price and were asleep by the time we hit the floor when we saw the photo.

We love art, obviously by our chosen profession, but come on!  Andreas Gursky (the photographer) says “For me it is an allegorical picture about the meaning of life and how things are.”  OK, we could agree with that, if the photo had not been “retouched” to make the banks of the Rhine River appear to be empty stretches of grass.

Is it art?  We like to think of it more as an empty background with potential.  Are we jealous we didn’t think of it first?  Your damn right we are!

Late last week, news broke of parents suing a retailer and a photographer over pictures of model Haily Clauson that ended up on t-shirts.  The parents issue is that at the time of the pictures Haily was only 15 years old and the photos were “blatantly salacious” and may have violated child pornography laws.  The first two pictures are the ones in question.  Do they have a level of sexuality to them, yes.  Are they salacious or pornographic, no.  Should the photographer have used more restraint with a 15 year old subject, maybe.

This is not an first time model, this is an experienced model that has worked the runway for Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli, Donna Karen, and Oscar de la Renta.  At our studio, we know how important having the proper documentation can be, such as releases and user agreements.  Now, if the pictures had been published and forgotten would the parents be suing?  We doubt it.  So, who is really doing the exploiting here?  Is it the photographer or the parents that were present when these photos were taken?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were here at the studio this morning and came across some pictures from this years Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.  While we noticed that most of the photographs are clearly taken from a safe distance, there were a few, like the last two below, that looked like they really put the photographer and more importantly their equipment is harms way.  This is certainly not like shooting a sporting event from the sideline with a long lens.  With those angles and that crowd, the photographer is right there in the middle of the action.  That spurred the debate, at what point is it no longer with the risk to yourself and your equipment to get the shot?

This post was inspired by a question that was recently posed to my business partner and me.  We were asked about any new gear and/or techniques we employ for our video production while using our DSLR’s.  This prompted a furious search of the web for what is out there and coming soon.  Honestly, I didn’t find very much.  We would love to hear from our fellow Tech Monsters what gear they have been reading about and testing…off brands are ok too!

Alter Ego Studio – Las Vegas – Commercial Photography, Video Production and Photo Studio Rental