Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Unforgivable Blackness

Enough time and thought has been spent on the philandering of Tiger Woods, so I don’t want to follow the crowd. From my visual perspective, the most interesting part of this soap opera is the transformation of an extremely likeable, vastly marketable American of color into a sexually charged punch line. Annie Liebovitz’s photo of a shirtless Tiger pumping iron on the February 2010 cover of Vanity Fair was taken before the recent revelations, but in its repurposing I find themes that go back centuries. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Unforgivable Blackness."

1 comment:

Poster Printing said...

I think the magazine cover is more sexy than sinister. Though, the gloomy background does have a depressing effect. I did not even recognize Tiger Woods at first. He usually wears bright colors and is smiling in photos. It goes to show the power of a photographer in shaping an image. No wonder experts advise using a professional when marketing, whether it is a celebrity or a product in catalog printing.