The Politics of Fashion Photography Part 10 Cultural Diversity

The Importance of Cultural and Intellectual Diversity in the Team

I have had an opportunity to observe many different works by many photographers and what has struck me of late is the diversity in dimension of this microcosm of society . Of course this is a mirroring of the range of characteristics in the society as a whole. But my reasons for bringing this observation forward has more to do with the demands I make on myself to grow and enrich my life experience by associating with individuals who might enrich the value of our projects with their input.

Am I doing some sort of subliminal profiling? I think I am. I was watching an LA Fashion Photographer who has her own blog state during one of her making of video’s that she didn’t want her shoot to look too “LA”. Although she is a native Angeleno she wanted to distance herself from that stigma. I understand her reasoning, but felt that the results did not really reflect that desire. If you haven’t the necessary culture, it is a rather daunting task when you haven’t the cultural vocabulary for doing so.

I find that surrounding myself with highly educated and culturally rich individuals add a wonderfully profound layer to what I am seeking to accomplish and I have been pleasantly surprised on many occasions by the outcome of my shoots due to this aspect of a production.

As has been said often, “The greater the vocabulary the richer your life…” and I don’t necessarily mean financially. This applies to all of the Arts as can be witnessed to a greater degree in cinema and literature.

So the next time you are putting a theme together for that important editorial of yours, consider all of the components of your team.

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About Benjamin Kanarek
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Fashion and Beauty Photographer. Some of the magazines I have shot for include: VOGUE (China, Portugal, Brazil, Italia, Paris and South America & Mexico editions), RG VOGUE Brazil, Harper’s BAZAAR (China, en Español & Latin America, Hong Kong, Italy editions), L’Officiel Paris, ELLE (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (France), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy editions), Glamour (France), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, W (British edition), WWD, Fashion Magazine (Canada), Flare (Canada), Oyster, Tank, WestEast…
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    i believe on the spirit of team work, more minds working the greater the output especially in different areas of designing. 

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  • Hazel Wilkinson

    LOL. Not busting your chops. Just wondering. Are you saying that our images can be enriched by working with a diverse team because each individual brings their life experiences to the project, resulting in richer final product?

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  • Robert

    LOL. Not busting your chops. Just wondering. Are you saying that our images can be enriched by working with a diverse team because each individual brings their life experiences to the project, resulting in richer final product?

    • http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com Benjamin Kanarek

      If that works for you and if that is what you garnered from my babbling, yes. You have just added a new layer to the cake. There you have it. Cultural Diversity in the Making and in “Real Time”.

  • Robert

    I have no idea what you just said (and I have an MBA from a top tier institution). What are you saying exactly?

    • http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com Benjamin Kanarek

      The MBA might be what is getting in the way. I have a degree in Environmental Design and Architecture and I understood what I was attempting to convey. Perhaps it is a left/right hemisphere problem…Or perhaps it is just radically different frames of reference. We are worlds apart..no “Multiverses” apart is more like it.