The sadomasochistic teddy bears in the hands of children “burned” a Balenciaga photographer

The sadomasochistic teddy bears in the hands of children “burned” a Balenciaga photographer
The sadomasochistic teddy bears in the hands of children “burned” a Balenciaga photographer

The man who photographed children holding teddy bear bags with… sadomasochists accessories on her behalf Balenciaga he says he had no creative control over the subject matter of the shoot and was “just the one holding the camera and setting the lights.”

THE Gabriele Gallibertiwho has previously worked with prestigious media outlets such as National Geographic, The Sunday Times, Stern, Geo, Le Monde and La Repubblica, issued a statement via Instagram yesterday, Wednesday, regarding the outpouring of outrage that the particular photoshoot caused online .

The Italian photographer noted that he has received hundreds emails and hate mail as a result of this project, but he was not actually the one who chose either the depicted products or the models. “I am not in a position to comment on Balenciaga’s choices, but I must stress that I had absolutely no authority over the choice of products, models or their combination.”notes Galliberti.

The talented photographer, who had won first place in the 2021 competition World Press Photo in the “Portrait Stories” category with his project “THE AMERIGUNS,” he wanted to clarify after Balenciaga’s announcement a few hours earlier, which seemed to place the blame on outside partners, possibly on him as well.

The world-renowned Spanish brand, which dresses famous clients such as Kardashian and the Nicole Kidmanapologized for the controversial photo shoot with her products. “Our teddy bear bags should not have been seen in the hands of children in this campaign. We have removed it from all platforms” Balenciaga noted, adding that it takes this matter very seriously and will take legal action against those responsible for the inclusion “unsuitable products” in the photo shoot.

“As usual in commercial photography, the artistic direction of the campaign and the choice of the depicted objects are not in the hands of the photographer”underlines on his part via Instagram Galiberti, responding in this way to his critics.

The truth is, however, that the photographer promoted these images on social media as part of his own broader project called Toy Storiesstarring boys and girls from all over the world posing at home with their favorite toys.

Although he clarified that he did not have creative control over the specific photos, he added that the reactions of people who called him “pedophile” on social media are exaggerated and resemble “lynching”. “I suspect that any person with pedophilic tendencies who searches the web has unfortunately very easy access to images very different from mine, crude and gruesome” emphasizes the Italian artist, adding that this kind of online lynching distracts from the real problem and the real criminals.

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