Sunday, September 27, 2009

William Wegman: Art or abuse?

William Wegman was born in 1943, in Holyoke, Mass. When he first perused an education in art he was interested in painting and went to art school. After he had finished his degree he became interested in photography and went back to school. William Wegman began photographing his weimaraners. He dressed them like humans and put them in positions that made them seem human-like. Some people argue that the positions Wegman put his dogs in were dangerous and cruel. I don't think his photographs quite classify as animal cruelty, but i do believe he does poses with his dogs that he probably shouldn't. Pictures such as the ones i have on this blog shouldn't be done. The animals really could have been hurt
doing these types of poses. Also keep in mind sometimes it takes several shots before a photographer gets the exact composition and lighting he or she was going for. So a lot of these poses had to be held for a good amount of time in order for Wegman to get the photograph he was going for. Most of Wegman's pictures involve animals dressed as humans; which I think is silly but not cruel. The pictures I have posted are some of the more controversial photographs. You decide art or cruelty?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz (1949-)
The famous photographer Annie Leibovitz, born Anna-Lou Leibovitz was born on October 2, 1949. When first starting art school Annie had the desire to be a painter and then found she loved photography. Annie was initially known for being chief photographer of Rolling Stones magazine for ten years. After being chief photographer for the Rolling Stones Magazine she began shooting photographs for Vanity Fair magazine. Annie's portfolio consists of many photographs of celebrities such as Whoopie Goldberg, John Lennon, Miley Cyrus and many more. Her photographs are unique and shocking. Annie does many poses that push limits and take photography to another level. In order to get these astonishing photos she establishes a great connection with the person she is photographing. The connection she has with her subject allows her to create such unique compositions.

Miley Cyrus on the cover of Vanity
Fair photographed by Annie

Yoko Ono and John Lennon on the
cover of Rolling Stones photographed
by: Annie Leibovitz