When photographers try to have an “edgy” shoot, many go beyond simply burning a $100k purse. Sometimes portrayals of domestic violence come into play, and images of “abused” women are plastered across magazine pages. The most recent example of this practice (which is fast becoming cliche) can be seen this month in the Bulgarian magazine 12. You can see more images in the gallery here, but warning: they aren’t for the faint of heart.
Yuck. These made me cringe, especially the last one, which can be seen over at Fashionista. I’m not sure what the message is here, but I am sure this editorial is going to give 12 lots of attention. Maybe that’s the only reason for it’s existence, because lots of commentators are decrying (and drawing attention to) this shoot. But could all that publicity be good for raising domestic violence awareness? Or is this just gratuitous exploitation?
What do you think of this spread? Should it have run?