I think that with photography, you have to have a certain amount of intentionality to create humor in an image, which seems to run counter to people's intuitive expectation of spontaneity/accidentalness in humor. I'm not saying you can't have it, but you just have to work harder at it to make it seem like you didn't work at it at all... (aah, irony).
I have one image that seems to always provoke laughter - lesbian rhinos in action at the National Zoo. Apparently, rhinos are quite fertile in captivity, so to prevent overpopulation, the zoos segregate the rhinos by sex, but they don't sterilize them, so when one female rhino goes into heat, the other one responds because they're kept in a single-sex environment.
Madame de Staël, the daughter of Jacques Necker, a finance minister of Louis XVI, wrote in a discourse on literature: “The English language created a word, humour, to express a hilarity, which is in the blood almost as much as in the mind ...What the English depict with great talent is bizarre characters, because they have lots of those amongst them.”
(Extracted from The Economist online.)
Not restricted to the English, is it?
I just read a quote in our local alternative paper The Free Press, attributed to Carl Sagan. "The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus and they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown."
Is he implying that Bozo was not a comedic genius?
I am certainly pro humor in photographs.
Reading some of the posters here, I think humour is missing in the photographers. So how could they convey humour in their work?
..which was the cover of Women Are Beautiful, for which he was endlessly pilloried by the fem activists and self-conscious critics of the day.
Originally Posted by Suzanne Revy
Had Garry lived longer, though, he had proposed a second book called Son of Women are Beautiful
There is always an awkwardly-fine line w/street photography, in finding humour without deliberately mockery. Then again irony and ambiguity are SP's stock-in-trade so no hay problema
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Well written. I agree.
Originally Posted by medform-norm
Absolutely, of course humour belongs in photography, as does sadness, pathos, and every other human emotion
So, how about this one I fished off my news service?
Originally Posted by wiseowl
I think it contains all the above...
Btw, those who want to see silly photos of our great "Leaders" let me now...
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