Joe Klamar took these awfully awesome official images of the USA olympic team. It takes a lot of skill to make world class athletes look bad. I feel sorry for the guy, but he has gotten a lot of press for his mishap and ill preparation. Here is his official explanation:
"I was under the impression that I was going to be photographing athletes on a stage or during press conference where I would take their headshots for our archives," he explained. "I really had no idea that there would be a possibility for setting up a studio." It was the first time AFP had been invited to participate in the U.S. Olympic Committee's Media Summit, which was held this year, in May, at a Hilton Hotel in Dallas.
Joe had come armed with two cameras and three lenses (17-35, 70-200 and 300), plus one flash and a 12-inch laptop. To his horror, he saw upon arriving that his colleagues from other news agencies and media organizations had set up studio booths with professional lights, backdrops and prop assistants. "It was very embarrassing to find out that I wouldn't be able to take advantage of a studio," Joe told us by email.
A press officer from the U.S. Olympic Committee took pity on Joe, and helped him convince another photographer to share booth space.
Here are a sampling of the images which make me laugh and upset at exactly the same time. How is that possible?