Podcast: Dario Calmese Photographs Viola Davis for Vanity Fair and References a Slave Photo

Podcast: Dario Calmese Photographs Viola Davis for Vanity Fair and References a Slave Photo

After the controversy surrounding Annie Leibovitz’s Vogue cover of Simone Biles, Vanity Fair published a beautiful photo spread of Viola Davis taken by Dario Calmese. The images were spectacular, but Calmese used an old photo as a reference image for the cover, which caused controversy and discussion on Twitter.

Should images of pain and suffering which can cause trauma for the viewer be used? Particularly in light of the widely circulated images and video of police brutality against Black Americans, and the national conversation and protests of racism that has ensued?

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Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and co-founder of PhotoShelter.

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