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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Poor Man's Sexual Tension

New York Magazine image (left), W Magazine (right)

I'm all for co-opting, but when it comes to pictorial spreads involving glam stars, that's when I put my foot down. The most recent New York Magazine attempts a pictorial spread with actors playing a husband and wife whose marriage is crumbling. The problem is that this type of artsy photo spread was done last year to a much better effect. In W magazine, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie portrayed a husband and wife whose marriage is on the rocks. The 60-page, Cindy Sherman-esque photos were filled with sexual tension, humor, darkness, and kitsch. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the NY Magazine version, starring Rachel Weisz and Justin Theroux. In fact, some of the images border on copyright infringement. (I do admit that there was one great photo in NY Mag of Rachel yelling at a servant.) (Images via New York Magazine, W Magazine.)

New York Magazine image (left), W Magazine (right)

One good photo in NYM spread

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