Photos of the Week: What We Saw

Posted on November 25, 2011


My weekly review of photography in the media is up at La Lettre de la Photographie…herewith, highlights.

1. Darth Stupid Photo by Louise Macabitas

The award for the most stunningly bad behavior caught on camera this week goes to Lt. John Pike, a member of the campus police of the University of California, Davis, in northern California. During a peaceful “Occupy UC Davis” protest on November 18, Pike pepper-sprayed a number of students. The university’s chancellor, Linda Katehi, promised an investigation, even as students called for her resignation. Meanwhile, photos and videos of the incident went viral and Lt. Pike himself became a full-fledged Internet meme—the first true icon of the protest movement of 2011.


2. Faithful Trio Photo by Rebecca Blackwell/AP

Catholic faithful prayed at a statue of the Virgin Mary at St. Michel Church in Cotonou, Benin, days before Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Africa for a visit. Photographer Rebecca Blackwell managed to make individual portraits of three women in the same frame.


3. The Art of War Photos by Peter Hapak


“America’s troops too often come home from war only to remain a step apart from the rest of the nation,” writes Time magazine in the text accompanying Peter Hapak’s portfolio, which focuses on the tattoos that soldiers have gotten to commemorate their service. Hapak shot the photographs at the Capitol Tattoo shop, near Walter Reed Medical Center in Silver Springs, Maryland. U.S. Army Cpl. Ben McCrosky (left) wears a tattoo on his leg in memory on a comrade who was lost in Afghanistan. The tattoo on the arm of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brad Fasnacht (center) memorializes the unit he served in both in Iraq and Afghanistan, the 44th Engineer Battalion. U.S. Army Specialist Anthony Morales (right) has a number of tattoos to remember his service in the military. Hapak’s photographs respectfully establish the isolation of the soldiers.


4. Crime Scene Investigation Photographs from the New York Police Department

In 2009, the New York City Police Department began using a new camera, the Panoscan, to document crime scenes. The camera creates a 360-degee view that allows investigators to point and click over evidence from a scene that might have been missed during the initial examinations. (Think Weegee in the 21st Century.) The New York Times published a number of astonishing images made with the camera, including this one, which shows the body of a man found stabbed in his Harlem apartment in 2009.


5. Covers Story Photo by Heinz Kluetmeirer

Sports Illustrated described the magnitude of the recent Penn State football scandal in no uncertain terms on this week’s cover. The story, said the magazine, was the “most explosive…in the history of college sports.” The scandal has already claimed the career of the school’s legendary football coach, Joe Paterno, and SI’s cover image, a file photo by photographer Heinz Kluetmeirer, aptly shows the iconic figure bowed and walking out of the frame. Not mentioned is the name of the man at the center of the scandal—former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky, who stands accused of molesting a number of young boys. The nature of the crime that shattered the college remains unthinkable.


6. Guinness on the Rocks Photo by Steven Klein

Interview magazine describes fashion icon Daphne Guinness as “part couture creature, part visual-art concept, part retro-futuristic creation.” The Guinness family heiress, who is launching her own film production company, is also a muse of photographers like Steven Klein, who photographed her perched provocatively atop various rock formations for the magazine’s current issue.


7. Wedding Portrait Photo by Norman Jean Roy

Two notable American clans were joined over Labor Day when Lauren Bush, granddaughter of President George H.W. Bush and niece of President George W. Bush, married David Lauren, son of designer Ralph Lauren. In this wedding portrait by celebrity photographer Norman Jean Roy, the bride wears a dress—antique tulle hand-embroidered with Swarovski Elements—designed by her new father-in-law. The groom, also dressed in Ralph Lauren, described their wedding at the 17,000-acre Lauren ranch in Colorado as being like “a beautiful movie.” Roy’s picture captures the couple’s cinematic perfection.