What a day. The fire did not only jump out of the frying pan, but it burned the house down.
No. Not literally.
A photographer who is known to many of us and who has helped us in career advancement just resigned from Magnum in lieu of being voted out of the cooperative.
Let me take a step back.
For those who aren’t aware, Magnum is the premiere photo agency in the world. At one time they were purely editorial photographers. As time passed they grew into something else out of financial necessity. They are a co-op which means they can’t just fire anybody.
The photographer, David Alan Harvey, was accused of sexual harassment of 11 young women. A reporter from the Columbia Journalism Review investigated, talked to the 11 women and found their charges to be true. The women showed incredible courage in talking on the record.
This exploded via Twitter and if you Google his name, you’ll find it all over the internet.
Many of the tweeters are women. They are not yet satisfied. They feel like Magnum and Harvey are getting off way too easily. They feel like photographic gatekeepers are essentially a good old boys club.
A reckoning is coming.
I’m sad and a little bit hurt, not because of the oncoming discussions. We all need them. I’m sad because I know this kind of thing has been going on for years. I don’t know it directly, but there were whispers in the wind. It wasn’t just with Harvey, but with all manner of photo influencers.
In Harvey’s case, he was always sort of a cowboy. I had no idea he had gone as far as he did. This hurts. His advice mattered.
I suppose it’s true. You must separate the art from the artist.
I only have one question aside from what was he thinking? What is a 76 year old man doing chasing 25 year old women?
Oh, I know why.
And, that just sucks.
I don’t usually cross post. This picture first appeared on Instagram which is distributed to Facebook because they are one company.
It’s slightly elderly from Super Sunday 2019, the last one we’ve had because of the pandemic. I doubt we’ll have it this year because it is just too soon.
Those folks who have already looked at it bear with me. You are going to look at it again. Sorry.
This may be one of my best Black Masking Indian (Mardi Gras Indians) pictures. It’s good because I managed to be inside the picture.
No matter how you try, it is very hard to do. My advice is to take a couple of years and get to know the players. Then, they MIGHT part for you to work your way inside. They might not.
There is very little post production used in the picture. There didn’t need to be. Those Indian suits are as you see them.
I’m sorry to say that it was guys like Harvey who taught me to see and work this way. That was all good back then. Today? Not so much.
Stay safe. Stay mighty. Get your jabs. Be good to each other.