31 October 2007

Double Standards?

Frank Sinatra (circa 1968) © Terry O'Neill

So, here is a post at State of the Art on an exhibition in NYC of photographs of Ol' Blue Eyes taken by Terry O'Neill. I must say that I am not terribly drawn to Sinatra in particular or celebrity photos more generally. What the post raised in my mind, though, is why this image of Frank the tough guy doesn't elicit the same sort of criticism as picures and poses of hip-hoppers who glorify bearing arms and such.

4 Comments:

Anonymous dixieflyer said...

This could be because many (but not all) rap lyrics involve the glorification of criminal activity. Judging from the date, this picture of Frank is from "The Detective", a movie in which he played a crime-solving detective trying to uncover the a murderer of two innocents. Bearing a weapon as a police detective seems slightly different to most observers.

31 October, 2007 21:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure but I'm wondering if this was a publicity shot for a film he was shooting. There doesn't seem to be an abundance of shots featuring Frank holding a Mac-10 and threatening to pop a cap in some guy.

01 November, 2007 10:02  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

That would make sense, but the image is one of a whole lot of "candid" images of Frank & his crew of attendees. Check out the SoTA post.

01 November, 2007 16:44  
Anonymous Robert Hanks said...

I'm afraid the SoTA poster didn't do his research properly. O'Neill photographed Sinatra in Miami in 1968 on and off the set of Lady in Cement, the second film in which Sinatra played the private eye Tony Rome. It's possible that the picture shows Sinatra just hanging around with a gun, rather more likely that this was part of the film. After all, Sinatra didn't need to tote a gun; he had people to do that for him.

04 November, 2007 12:40  

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