Sunday, February 24, 2013

Weddings Unveiled Controversy--A Double Standard

 Words + Pictures by Angela Cappetta

The Weddings Unvelied Controversy: Its Time to get Unstupid

Read from the photographer in question.

Look at the economics of this skilfully.  As a noted location photographer (Google me), I have the right to court any client base I want.  To not afford me the opportunity in a viable market place, after saying you'll run my ad, is, in the end, food off of my table.  Bridal magazines customarily run boudoir photo session ads (spoofed in the Simpsons), which I personally find repulsive--but yet, there they are.  Half naked women writhing on beds proudly display blurry ass cracks, with tag lines promising to "thrill the man in your life with a nude of you."  Yet these abortions of taste and training run alongside industry appropriate ads showing straight couples kissing.  Double standard much?

I'd tell ad sales reps how disgusting I found it and they'd all smile and say "too bad." Boudoir photography, in my opinion, is a scam to take tasteless pictures of naked chicks.

If I have to deal with questionable style aesthetic on a daily basis, so do you, Weddings Unveiled.

These people are saying that soft core porn is okay, even if I, a respected and experienced documentary photographer, think it's a joke, an insult to my training and talent?

Ads are expensive.  I have to budget months to buy one.  If I have to deal with my ad in the same publication that sells a porn veiled as "tasteful", then an editor can grow a set and deal with an image of a same sex couple politely selling a photographer's ability to capture a wedding, effectively, professionally and profitably.

And, because I'm in the mood, here's a hilarious rant from a guy who calls himself a photographer.

Here are some gorgeous same sex weddings I've shot appropriately in the signature style for which I'm known.  I love these couples, because they're great, fun, wonderful people, and, guess what, their checks clear as fast as the straight couples'.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ask a Working Photographer a Question

Words and Pictures by Angela Cappetta

A Documentary Style Life:  Never the Same Day Twice

Today I make myself available to you in order to create an open dialog about what this life is about. My career has taken me to fascinating situations and places.  It's never been the same day twice. This is your chance to ask me, a busy photographer with a career, any question you want.  It can be about developing film, shoot assignments, national ad campaigns, being a professor, wedding jobs or being museum-collected artist; I am all of these things. I never hide one in order to highlight the other.  I'm interested in satisfying photography, in whatever form it is delivered to me. 

The best question gets entered in a drawing to win a signed print.  So go ahead, give it your best shot, as long as you don't ask me "What's the weirdest thing you've ever photographed?".

Inbox me. 

Project samplings below:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Artist Series--Gays in the Miliary / Documentary Style Photographs by Vince Cianni

 Interview by Angela Cappetta

Vincent Cianni is a documentary photographer whose work explores community, memory, and the human condition.  His work surrounds issues of civil and human rights and strives to make visible the under-represented and disadvantaged.  Cianni teaches at The New School and the International Center of Photography. His current work includes unvarnished and stirring pictures of gays in the US Military.

Tell us about your current work?
"I am currently working on transcribing and editing interviews and photographs of gay and lesbian service members and veterans after recording their experiences of serving in the military under the military's ban on homosexuality, a project investigating the lives of people in Pennsylvania affected by the influx of gas drilling and photographing a diverse group of boxers in collaboration with a writer."

What are the concerns of working photographers today:
"The concerns of journalists and documentary photographers have changed drastically with the advent of the internet and digital photography.  Much has been written about the role of the professional photographer in relaying stories in traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, journals and books when there are images coming into news desks and editors attention from many sources.  We see this in television as well as printed media. The truth is, even though there are millions of pictures logged onto major news media web sites, uploaded on Facebook, and otherwise transmitted through the web that bring us information form all corners of the world, fundamentally the opportunities for photographers in the field of journalism and documentary photography have become limited, or at least placed in the hands of the creator.  Since support for assignment work has dried up, professional photographers find themselves creating and accessing new sources of funding and transmitting images - crowd funding and online magazines and web sites are the primary developments that have come directly out of this. "

Can you reference some examples?
Stephen Mayes states in an interview with Pete Brooks in Wired, "Photographs are no longer things, they are experiences."  On the other hand, production of good photography has become even more critical and has come under even greater scrutiny by editors and other users of photography.

However Kathy Ryan, in an article by Jose Cuenin in Le Journal de la Photographie on the use of Instagrams and other pictures by non-professionals in news sources says that "For a major news event, if it gives you a speed advantage, I would say sure, why not."  At the same time, she states, 'These thousands of images couldn’t replace the traditional way to cover news event, it would be added material. The distinction made by professional photographers, not the least of which is a trained eye and fact-checking, is still essential'."

To contact Vince about buying work email him here .
You can also follow his blog.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Latest from the Joffrey Project--Ballet Unplugged

 Words and Pictures by Angela Cappetta

New updates from the Joffrey Ballet training program are long overdue. A private collector bought some out of the darkroom, and an institutional acquisition is pending. In any case, here's what's been in front of my lens these days.  Artist's proof size is 11x14 and they can be ordered larger. Write to us directly if you want one of your own!