Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Joachim Ladefoged: Wide Angles
Joachim Ladefoged of VII Photo Agency covers the full range of humanity, from tragedy and war to popular entertainers
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|Wendy Whelan of the New York City Ballet. Considered by many to be America's finest ballerina, Whelan has been a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet for more than two decades.|
DPP: I hope you didn't get the same reaction photographing the Pope.
Ladefoged: I didn't. The assignment was to follow the Pope during his visit to the U.S. I was at the White House with a hundred other photographers. We knew he would be walking from one part of the White House to the Oval Office. Then we went into the Oval Office in shifts of seven photographers at a time. I think I had three frames of President Bush and the Pope. Then we had to move on.
I shoot sports, I shoot portraits, I shoot reportage, I shoot advertising assignments, I shoot my little art stories. I'm working on an art book with the working title Time After My Time. I visit the places I lived as a child and take pictures of people living in my old room and homes. I go to my old soccer fields and take pictures of that at night. I went to my kindergarten and did a still life of a three-wheeled bike.
DPP: Sometimes "pure" photojournalists take exception to photographers who do reportage and more commercial or fine-art work. Life is diverse, so why shouldn't we be able to be a part of that?
Ladefoged: People ask me how can I shoot an advertisement for Gatorade with 15 people in my crew, then in the West Bank, then a portrait for TIME magazine. I try to keep my ethics high. We're living in a different time. Styles are merging. Art photographers are sometimes shooting in a more photojournalistic style.
Documentary photographers are doing portraits. The commercial world sees that the honesty and realism in photojournalism is something they need right now. People are fed up with superficial commercial work. They want more reality. "Can we believe in these pictures of this happy couple sitting in their living room drinking coffee?" I'm a photographer. I can put on different hats.
See more of Joachim Ladefoged's photography at www.viiphoto.com and www.joachimladefoged.com.
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