Friday, May 20, 2011

Photos of the Week: Epic Kardashian...Gaga Gone Wild...Divine Oprah...Law & Order, New York...and more

My full weekly review is up at Le Lettre de la Photographie. Herewith, the sampling:

1. The Stumble

Earlier this week, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund and possible French presidential candidate, was arrested on sex charges in New York and ritualistically led past news photographers in what is known as a Perp Walk. As theater, the Perp Walk is only the first chapter of a visual story that often ends on courthouse steps following a trial. The crime-and-punishment tale of Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund, came to a climax came this week when he was found guilty of 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy charges in federal court in Manhattan, concluding the biggest insider-trading case in a generation. Photographers snapped him stumbling over a curb as he left the courthouse, providing a visual denouement. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

 2. Action Sequence

What looks like a still from a Michael Bay action movie is in fact the real-life scene at the main fuel depot in Misrata, Libya, aflame after being bombed by the forces of Col. Muammar el-Qadaffi on May 7. Photo from AFP/Getty Images
 3. Gaga as You've Never Seen Her

Every photo story about Lady Gaga could properly be titled, “Lady Gaga As You’ve Never Seen Her.” For i-D magazine’s summer “Hedonism Issue,” superstar fine-art photographer Wolfgang Tillmans photographed Gaga looking entirely normal, which may be her most shockingly original persona yet.

4. Faces in the News

Photographer Brian Prahl snapped Kim Kardashian vacationing in Mexico earlier this month with her boyfriend, pro basketball player Kris Humphries. The images spread rapidly across the Internet, prompting In Touch magazine to report rumors that Kim’s “larger-than-ever-backside” is the result of a “super-sized butt implant.” That is celebrity news of colossal proportions. Photo by Brian Prahl/Splash News

5. Cover Stories

The Barnes & Noble bookstore chain reported refused to display the current issue of Dossier Journal, an art-and-fashion magazine, deeming Collier Schorr's cover photo of androgynous male model Andej Pejic to be offensive. The retailer demanded that the magazine be body-bagged in black opaque plastic, thus ensuring Dossier-Journal's place in the history of media censorship.

Meanwhile, media news of considerably more consequence was marked by O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine. This spring Oprah is ending her long-running TV show, an event that demanded special treatment from Oprah's magazine (which thankfully will remain to supply the world with joy, laughs, lessons, and adventure). The entire June issue is devoted to looking back at the show's great moments,and there have been many. In Rob Howard's cover photo, however, Oprah herself seems to look up toward a future that promises to be divine.

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