Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Deconstructing the shove

A paparazzo shoved Bernie Madoff, the $50 billion Ponzi scheme braggart and possible felon, and it was caught on video. But I'm left wondering: Was this a vengeful shove or a tactical one or maybe a little bit of both? I don't watch enough celebrity gossip shows to know, but is shoving your subject a guerilla way to produce a frowny or angry face on a disgraced subject while also buying you an extra second or two to snap another photo? The fact that the shove was immediately followed by the photog snapping another shot made me consider this. Either way, it reminds me that as much as I love photography, I wouldn't be able to hack it as a pro photojournalist.

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