Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Slim Aarons + Leni Riefenstahl's love child: Photojournalism

On the front page of the New York times today, was this photo, shot in Pyongyang, North Korea at a celebration of the late leader Kim Il-sung. It reminded me of the work of society photographer Slim Aarons and also that of notorious Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl. An unusual combination of influences for a really beautiful photo. While I'm not usually a fan of the self-important masterbatory nonsense we like to call "photojournalism," this photo is one of a handful of exceptions. Maybe because it looks so much like a painting, and those of you who know me know I'm just a little partial to that particular medium.

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