"Olympic Portraits"

The powerHouse Arena , DUMBO Friday August 17 2012 10:00 - 20:00
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

Joe Klamar, chief photographer for Agence France Presse, created a minor online skirmish with his portraits of American Olympic 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 the humanity of these awe-inspiring (and widely photographed) athletes. See which side of the controversy you fall on at this exhibit of the portraits that coincides with the games.

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