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USA Olympic Athletes Photo – Amateurish Photos From a Pro Or A Case Of Poor Committee Planning?

You’ve probably seen the photos or read the trending articles about the images of the United States athletes for the upcoming Olympics wherein the U.S. Olympic Committee arranged a Media Summit and invited several professional photographers to take portraits with horrendous results.

Several professionals were invited and they all shot the same subjects under limited control as they’re shooting on-location. It was a task of shooting 100 athletes in 3 days, according to Vernon Bryant, and judging from that link, the photos should be pretty decent even with modest gear and preparation.

However, the story broke out when Solstice Visuals posted the entry about the submissions of seasoned photographer, Joe Klamar, were shown (see below) and the web has been up in arms in terms of photo qu!lity that doesn’t represent the athletes in a good light (no pun intended).

Joe Klamar Olympic Athlete Images

Copyright – Joe Klamar

Joe Klamar Olympic Athlete Images

Copyright – Joe Klamar

 

Joe Klamar Olympic Athlete Images

Copyright – Joe Klamar

 

Joe Klamar Olympic Athlete Images

Copyright – Joe Klamar

From weird distortions to awkward poses, Klamar’s set seem to be the focus of this fiasco at this moment.

What do you think of the submitted images? Is it the photographer’s shortcoming or the event’s poor logistics and planning for not having a proper photo session for the athletes?

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