I'm regularly reading this website, http://www.aphotoeditor.com
, and find it interesting. But the credits for the images I didn't get most of the time. Consequently I posted this case where I think the pictures are not very elaborated and the amount of credited people was very high.
The images look like the images you can see in the magazines they give away for free in the skate board shops. Perhaps I'm too old, but to my eye they look uninspired (can you say so in english?).
Since 35 years I go every week to the international newspaper stand and a very big bookstore were the have only photography books. Additionally I own far to many magazines and books. I have the feeling that all these credited art directors have those old magazines and books too, they flip trough and tell the photographer reshoot this or that (or they didn't tell and sell the idea as their own). In addition they plan things like we photograph him in NY but in the skyline of Manhattan I want two buildings from Chicago and behind that the Mont Everest.
I remember art directors being people to discuss your work with and gave directions not orders. AD: "I like that, but have you tired ...?". Photographer: "Yes, but it looks bad." AD: "Have you tried ...?" Photographer: "Hey thank you, this is a great idea." AD: "You are welcome."
Today ADs are people who put handcuffs on photographers and force them to shoot into a very restricted layout. And in my opinion it started with this crediting business. Everyone wants to earn the reward but nobody wants to be responsible. If it is shit, it was the photographer and not the idiot who came up with the stupid idea.
Actually I see only very few photographers who can act relatively free, if they shoot big budget or celebrities. Perhaps Platon and Martin Schoeller, but I'm not sure.
p.s.: It is not easy for me to explain this in english. I hope I didn't fuck it up too much.