Royal Pics any good?

Chris_L 5 5.3k United Kingdom
10 Jul 2015 2:30PM
Chanced upon this and the article that acoompanies it which damns the photographer.

The images are bloody pants, look almost cameraphone - or is it just me and the author of the article who think that?

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Sooty_1 9 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2015 2:46PM
He's built a reputation on being Diana's favourite photographer. Some of his images are very good, but the royal ones particularly seem to lack personality. Just a PR photo rather than a good portrait.

KevSB 15 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2015 3:40PM

Quote:Just a PR photo rather than a good portrait

That about covers it, he provided what was needed

for everyone that says they are pants there will be 9 others that say great/lovely pictures. The 3 seconds spent looking at them by the masses they will be fine
Cymrucwtch 4 55 Wales
10 Jul 2015 4:04PM
^WHS The masses will look at the content rather than the technical.
chris.maddock 18 3.7k United Kingdom
10 Jul 2015 6:41PM
Provided the Cambridges are happy with the photos, it's really nobody else's business.

TBH, my first thought on reading the article is that the writer just came across as being bitter at not having been asked to do them himself.
StrayCat 15 19.1k 3 Canada
10 Jul 2015 7:37PM
The article is sour grapes, imo. However, I had looked at the christening photo just before signing on today and thought, hmmm, must be an amateur like me.
keithh 15 25.5k 33 Wallis And Futuna
10 Jul 2015 10:14PM
Well the article is very much sour grapes and is aimed squarely at the Royal Family as much as it is Testino.

Testino has one of, if not the most popular photographic exhibition in "Portraits" he pretty much made Gucci and he was a name before he got lucky by putting Princess Diana on the magazine cover.

As for the photos- the group shot is deceptively well lit but the casual shots are exactly what Testino does in those situations and it's clearly liked by the family. You only have to look back at the engagement pictures in 2010 to see the same style.

Of course he could have grunged them up, layered a few comps in there and stuck William in a bowler hat with Kate wielding a broad sword.
Chris_L 5 5.3k United Kingdom
10 Jul 2015 10:31PM
The group shot is well lit, it's a shame various royals have objects adjoining them, why didn't he control the DOF to separate the subject from the background.


Carabosse 16 41.3k 270 England
11 Jul 2015 1:45AM
I don't mind the odd 'grinning' photo so long as they are balanced by more thoughtful pensive ones.

Big difference between Testino and someone like, say, Karsh!
Big Bri 18 16.5k United Kingdom
11 Jul 2015 9:37AM
Typical Grauniad socialist whining.

If the family like them, who cares?
Carabosse 16 41.3k 270 England
11 Jul 2015 11:30AM
We will never know whether the family truly likes them. I'll wouldn't be at all surprised if Prince Philip had a few choice words to say. Lol! Grin
Fma7 4 1.0k United Kingdom
11 Jul 2015 11:49AM
They're not 'art' photos are they?

Just family record photos, would you expect Kate in tears in a ripped dress in an abandoned warhouse?
Ross_D Plus
5 838 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2015 12:33PM
Looks like a 'filler article' on a slow news day. Put it this way, I have heard of Testino but until now had never heard of 'Jonathan Jones' who obviously has a king/queen (gender neutral for the sake of Guardian readers) size chip on his shoulder.

Btw, maybe Testino could have posted his pics in the epz gallery and got constructive feedback ............. Wink
jembo 15 139 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2015 6:22PM

Quote:TBH, my first thought on reading the article is that the writer just came across as being bitter at not having been asked to do them himself.

Totally agree..
Nothing wrong with the pics at all. I'm not a Royalist, or an anti-Royalist, but I think he should also consider that yes there may be a lack of spontaneity and the pics may look rather formal, but perhaps that is a certain standard that the Royal Family expect, as these are the pics that get published to the masses.
Who knows what other pics taken in a perhaps less formal setting.

I wonder if he needs corrective shoulder surgery from the massive chip on his shoulder.
mikehit 10 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2015 8:34PM
ChrisL - either he needed the DOF to keep everyone in focus (if they are not set on a curved line then the people farther out significantly further from the camera) or they wanted that stuff in the background as some sort of context.

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