I was extremely surprised not to see any criticism of the photo essay “Objects of Devotion” (11/25) on the letters page of the next issue. Because I’ve been an assistant to many photographers over the years, have taught photography to college students, and currently work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, College of Art and Design, I (and my colleagues) can easily say that this is one of the most unimaginative photo essays I have ever seen. Was this merely a filler for a slow week?
I have always been a fan of the Washington City Paper, although I’ve never been a fan of the photos on the contents page. They have always been boring and unimaginative, and have had terrible composition. To award these photographers a cover feature just reminds me of the D.C. attitude that mediocrity and seniority rule.