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CNN War & Fashion photo spectacular...
Mike Anzaldi, Photographer
Oak Park | IL | USA | Posted: 1:42 PM on 02.10.13
->> http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/02/world/war-and-fashion/index.html?hpt...

CNN did a web piece on the similarities between documenting a conflict and documenting Fashion Week. The comment section is in flames, with the majority taking great offense to the idea that similarities could exist in the imagery.

I don't really have an opinion on the piece right now, but was wondering what this community thought of the comparo.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 2:36 PM on 02.10.13
->> Thanks Mike! That was an interesting read. I happen to agree with a majority of the comments..I think you can take a photographer who has a large body of work and juxtapose different types of his/her photos and come up with those kinds of similarities. I mean look at it this way......You could easily do the same kind of ing with sports/ war or sorts/ fashion......interesting concept for sure. It is fun reading the comments from artists who said other commenters who didn't like it just didn't "get it".
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Sam Morris, Photographer
Henderson (Las Vegas) | NV | USA | Posted: 5:13 PM on 02.10.13
->> Thanks for pointing this piece out Mike. Personally, I find it fascinating and a completely valid exercise in examining imagery. I think the people who are offended at "comparing war and fashion" are being simplistic - I'm not saying they are simple, but I think a lot of people have never really thought about imagery and how it affects us, thus their visceral reaction to what is an exercise in finding similarities in the work of photographers who have covered both war and fashion. I'd wager most people who find it offensive didn't even bother to read the copy.

To me, the closing sums it up well:

"Sessini found my questions interesting. No one had asked them before. He, too, had never studied his photos of war and fashion next to one another.
When you have a vision of the world, it comes through in your work, he supposed. That is true whether in war or fashion."
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Landry Major, Photographer
Woodland Hills | CA | USA | Posted: 12:09 PM on 02.11.13
->> I think it's brilliant. Thanks for posting it.It's really about the photographers' way of seeing the world. It's not about trivializing war.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 12:55 PM on 02.11.13
->> Landry, that is the most succinct comment I've read. Every veteran photojournalist has a style or vision (whether they realize it or not) and it comes across in any and all of their work. The fact that this guy decided to use the war/fashion similarities doesn't mean anything, it was intriguing no matter what.
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Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 1:20 PM on 02.11.13
->> I didn't read the text. I simply scanned through the juxtaposed images. I agree it's a stretch. I mean, couldn't you juxtapose *any* two subjects (baseball and weddings, politics and public works projects, a mass shooting and a movie premier) and find similar images to compare?

A fun exercise, but if the ultimate point is "hey, some pictures look alike" then I don't see the value beyond the superficial.

Now, if they wanted to juxtapose models with starving people, they might have a sturdier foundation on which to build a more meaningful comparison. But I'm guessing, if I thought of it, it's probably been done a bunch of times before.
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Peter Huoppi, Photographer
New London | CT | USA | Posted: 1:34 PM on 02.11.13
->> "I didn't read the text."

Seriously?

Maybe you ought to save your critique until after you read what the author had to say.
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Mike Anzaldi, Photographer
Oak Park | IL | USA | Posted: 2:41 PM on 02.11.13
->> Landry, you said what I was thinking. How did you do that?
Sneaky bastard.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 3:10 PM on 02.11.13
->> Uh Mike....Landry, unless I'm mistaken, is a woman. so "bastard" would not be the correct terminology. I mean since EVERYONE on SS is so concerned with being proper and all......wink wink. 8)
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Mike Anzaldi, Photographer
Oak Park | IL | USA | Posted: 8:00 PM on 02.11.13
->> Au contraire, my friend. Bastard is gender-neutral. ;)
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Landry Major, Photographer
Woodland Hills | CA | USA | Posted: 8:32 PM on 02.11.13
->> Thanks guys! I'll take Sneaky Bastard as long as you are agreeing with me.....
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Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 10:12 PM on 02.11.13
->> Ok, you shamed me into reading it Peter. So I did. And it says pretty much exactly what I expected. And I still don't really buy it. I feel like it was an arbitrary comparison.

Until, perhaps, I take a deeper look. ;)

BTW miss seeing your work with the Free Press. Hope things are well.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 11:11 PM on 02.11.13
->> " Bastard is gender-neutral."
See you can learn something new EVERY DAY on Sportsshooter.com
Well worth the measly $25/year.
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