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Old July 17th, 2014 #4
Alex Linder
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Alex Linder

I will coin 'malfie,' for a shot taken by a malicious other to make someone look bad.

Notice the choices involved in the photo:

- photographer chooses to shoot the subject from below (which always makes the subject appear to loom over someone, like frankstein);
- fotog chooses to shoot 3/4 angle (from which very, very few people look good)
- fotog chooses to shoot at a moment when the subject's facial expression reads as negative as possible (whiny, petulant, crabby, self-pitying, greedy)

All these technical choices amount to one greater or strategic, political choice: to make the subject appear bad as possible.

You will find these shots over and over again in the controlled media, always predictable in their political orientation.