Brooklyn Beckham (footballer David Beckham’s son) has angered many people after showing on instagram that he is the new photographer for the Burberry campaign. The reason professional photographers are annoyed is that as far as we know, Brooklyn has no experience or photographic qualifications. To many it seems as if his mum and dad have bought him an expensive camera and due to their high status and contacts (As his mum Victoria Beckham has worked in the fashion industry for some time) that Brooklyn got the job because of his last name. In addition to this, Brooklyn’s younger brother also models for Burberry. Photographers have spoken out about the fact that he has not had to pay his dues in the world of photography nor has he had to work hard to be given the opportunity to shoot for Burberry, it has just been handed to him.
Although I agree with parts of this argument, in the fact that he has not had to work hard to get given such an amazing opportunity, Brooklyn’s images are actually very good. He has shown that he does the skills to take a good fashion image and Burberry seem more that happy to advertise using these images. So my counter argument would be if Brooklyn has shown that he can actually take a photo and Burberry are happy with the images, then I see that no wrong has been done. However I can understand that professional photographers who have worked in the industry for many years are annoyed because thats a possible job that has been given away to a celebrity.
Below is a link from the Guardian newspaper with more information on the argument: