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    Jonathan Horton of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team poses for photographer Joe Klamar during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas. The unusual angles and poses in Klamar's photo shoot brought widespread praise – and criticism.
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    Nastia Liukin of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team poses for photographer Joe Klamar, May 14, 2012 in Dallas. Some critics said they were distracted by the torn paper beneath her feet.
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    Rebecca Bross of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team seems to fly through the air in this picture. One photographer blogged about Joe Klamar's photo set, "This is an embarrassment to our country and my profession."
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    David Boudia of the U.S. Diving Olympic team poses with an American flag. Joe Klamar, the photographer, used severe lighting and posed athletes in unusual positions in his photo series.
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    This is Anna Tunicliffe of the U.S. Sailing Olympic team, but her face is partly in shadow and some critics said she looks as if she were throwing a punch, not reeling in a sail.
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    Cassidy Krug of the U.S. Olympic Diving team holds her hands over her head in this photo. AFP, which hired photographer Joe Klamar, defended him, telling the U.K.'s Daily Mail, "The results of this photo shoot are exactly why we sent Joe Klamar in the first place. He has a very unconventional view and approach to both photography and the world."
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    Tony Gunawan of the U.S. Badminton team poses behind his racquet for this shot. In another for photographer Joe Klamar, he balanced a shuttlecock on his head.
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    Nathan Adrian of the U.S. Olympic Swimming team. Joe Klamar, the photographer, chose to light him from the side, putting his face in shadow and accentuating his muscles. Heather Murphy wrote on Slate magazine, "Klamar's portfolio makes our athletes look silly and desperate – the wrinkled guts of a makeshift photo studio only serves to steal their spotlight."
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    Shot putter Jillian Camarena-Williams of the U.S. Track and Field team. The camera is focused on the ball, not her.
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    Hyleas Fountain of the U.S. Track and Field Olympic team is to compete in the heptathlon. Joe Klamar shot her from above with a wide-angle lens, making her hand larger than her feet.
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    Michael Phelps, the famed Olympic swimmer. Heather Murphy of Slate said Joe Klamar's photos made him look "like a volunteer heartthrob in an art school alien movie
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    This is how photographer Joe Klamar shot fencer Alexander Massialas, showing only his sword and a mask. One blogger called the images "stunning." A commenter on reddit said, "There is no way any photographer with a mind for composition would make these mistakes."
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