© Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
Of course it does. But, can we separate ourselves from our like/dislike enough of a subject to appreciate the work of a photographer? I notice a lot of comments on the blogosphere on how excellent certain political photographers are. I have never noticed anyone to compliment a photographers’ work who is covering McCain. Are all the lousy photographers relegated to GOP coverage?
Obviously a photographers’ choice of subject says a lot about him/her. But in the case of photographers covering the news, there is often no choice. I know that if I find a subject particularly offensive, I withdraw from the photo, but often I appreciate the photographers who pursue these subjects. Joel Peter Witkin comes to mind.
I offer up for your criticism the work of a photographer I think quite a lot of, Stephen Crowley. Are the photos of McCain better or worse than photographs of the Obama campaign? You can check out a feature of his at the Digital Journalist here. A comment left there got me thinking about all this.