Until now, DMV photos and police mug shots were considered the worst examples of portraiture (along with Joe Klamar's portraits of U.S. Olympians).
But the Olympic badge photograph is making a good case for worst photo, and the attractive, photogenic people known as Internet bloggers have begun castigating them. We highlight our favorite comments:
Michael Phelps: It looks like he was arrested for a DUI, according to Reddit. Another site commented of the swimmer, "Give this man a comb."
Sweden's Linda Sembrant: The soccer player looks shocked she actually made it to the Olympics!
Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova: Check out the tennis star's gorgeous hair, perfect makeup and hint of nudity. It's like she thinks it's a modeling shoot. (actually, this look kinda works)
Russia's Maria Kirilenko: She's straight out of a Russian spy movie. Someone should tell this tennis player the Cold War's over.
Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis: Yet another tennis player with a questionable photo. He's the picture of an armed robbery suspect, says a Reddit commenter.
As long as people drive, get arrested, or compete in international athletic competitions, there will be lousy ID pictures; and as long as there's an Internet, there will be a place to mock those funny photos.
By Scott Bridges/Pauline Vu
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