Photographer Joe Klamar's Olympics portraits (SLIDE SHOW)

Joe Klamar's controversial photos of the U.S. team settle into the powerHouse Arena—just in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.

  • Photograph: Joe Klamar (AFP/Getty)

    Errol Spence of the U.S. Olympics boxing team

  • Photograph: Joe Klamar (AFP/Getty)

    Alexander Massialas of the U.S. Olympics fencing team

  • Photograph: Joe Klamar (AFP/Getty)

    Michael Phelps of the U.S. Olympics swimming team

  • Photograph: Joe Klamar (AFP/Getty)

    Julie Zetlin of the U.S. Olympics rhythmic gymnastics team

  • Photograph: Joe Klamar (AFP/Getty)

    Jonathan Horton of the U.S. Olympics gymnastics team

  • Photograph: Joe Klamar (AFP/Getty)

    Alex Meyer of the U.S. Olympics swimming team

  • Photograph: Joe Klamar (AFP/Getty)

    Phil Dalhausser of the U.S. Olympics volleyball team

  • Photograph: Joe Klamar (AFP/Getty)

    Hyleas Fountain of the U.S. Olympics track-and-field team

Photograph: Joe Klamar (AFP/Getty)

Errol Spence of the U.S. Olympics boxing team


Joe Klamar, chief photographer for Agence France Presse, created a minor online skirmish with his portraits of American Olympics team members, including swimmer Michael Phelps, gymnast Julie Zetlin and boxer Errol Spence. Some saw the gritty, hastily staged shots—snapped in May, at the U.S. Olympics Media Summit in Dallas, Texas—as an affront to the dignity of our Olympians; others praised Klamar for showing us the human side of these awe-inspiring (and widely photographed) athletes. See which side of the controversy you fall on at the powerHouse Arena, where Klamar's images will be on view Friday 27 through September 4.

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