A few Sunday's ago I opened my door to find the Sunday LA Times. I really enjoy reading the New York Times more, but when in Rome.
As I picked up the paper the LA Times Magazine fell out and on the cover was an African American in an all white outfit. The first thing I thought was, "they have too much makeup on that guy"! Then I looked closer and was shocked to find out it was Kobe Bryant. I forgot about the rest of the paper and started looking through the magazine at the Kobe story. As I looked on I was a bit shocked with how Kobe was portrayed but the shock value will sell magazines. I look right away to see who the photographer was and it was listed as a photographer I wasn't aware of. Later on the site however I noticed it was credited as Ruvan Afanador and that seems more in line as the images fit Ruvan's style more. Misprints of credit are always bad but sometimes a misprint like this one could lead to a lot of press.
I didn't like the story at all and please comment on your thoughts of the issue. As I looked at the story I wondered how Kobe's teammates would react to seeing him this way as well. Regardless of how much I like or dislike the story, it is a successful story for all involved because of the buzz. I've loved a lot of Ruvan's work and tonight as I go to visit with a photographer friend, Kwaku Alston I'm sure we'll discuss this article and much, much more.
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