twstriving: I didn’t know Trey Hardee was a Special Olympian (see headline photo). In fact, I have no idea who Trey Hardee is.
The public outcry over these photos has little to do with their quality or photography (despite some claims, most people could NOT do better with a cell phone) and everything to do with celebrity, the media, and politics. Unlike most celebrities, Olympic athletes, it could be argued, are not beautiful people. However, if they are dressed up and painted to the contrary, the camera can capture that lie, and that is exactly what the masses want. Unfortunately, the truth is many athletes are big and/or ugly. To show the world that a country’s athletes are anything less than the best, brightest, most beautiful, or to show them any less reverence than you would a real celebrity (movie stars, etc) is sacrilege. But Klamar’s photos show these athletes for what they really are: despite their, sometimes, super-human abilities, they are ordinary people. There is nothing special about special people, and these photos attest to that... but “the people” don’t like it.
That’s what makes these photos so cool. If you didn’t know the people in Klamar’s photos were Olympians, you probably wouldn’t think much of the photos. These photos show ordinary looking people in relatively mundane poses. They don’t reflect what most people would consider to be appropriate depictions – airbrushed, hyperrealistic – of a countries greatest athletes. Some of the photos look quite “normal,” but, for some reason, the publication editors who bought Klamar’s photos (which included “‘serious, funky, official’ [shots] – not all of them were offbeat” - http://blogs.afp.com/correspondent/?post/2012/07/05/Pixels-and-piety%3A-Photographing-Olympic-icons) tended to gravitate towards the photos that truly ordinary people do not appreciate. There may be dozens of reasons why some editors chose these photos over others, but one reason could be the simple fact that these photos are original and honest.
I didn’t know Trey Hardee was a Special Olympian (see headline photo). In fact, I have no idea who Trey Hardee is.