The British Journal of Photography followed up on our Olympics story yesterday questioning a spokesman from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games who said that the Games posters were usually “historical paintings and drawings.”
When the BJP’s Olivier Laurent pointed out that Osamu Hayasaki shot the first Olympics poster back in 1964, the LOCOG spokesman said the artists could use any medium and are “free to work with photography if they wanted to. We haven’t said that [they]have to use a paintbrush.” Many of the artists included aren’t particularly well-known for their brushwork, so much relief all round.
The response also implies assumptions about the nature of the “artist” and “photographer”. Do they have the same eye for an image? What kinds of different skills do they bring to creating a photographic image? Is there anything unique a photographer brings to creating a great image or is it something any artist can do?
We got such a response to the original piece we’ve set up a Facebook campaign in support of Photography for Olympics Posters, so pass along to friends, and any suggestions for photographers you think would create the perfect Olympics image. Some great suggestions below already
I nominate @jamesdodd RT @1854: RT @ImageSource: Which photographer would you select to design an Olympic poster?
@1854 – BJP
@ImageSource I’d love to see Martin Parr’s take on it. Pretty obvious choice, but curious about what he would do with that…
@ImageSource @emilydavis28 Parr is closer to the mark, Rankin is bound to do something tacky. Great style for fashion, not Olympics