What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality doc features a celebrity photography team who spends as much time arguing as they do photographing celebrities and fashion. Teens will be drawn to the behind-the-scenes looks at photo shoots of major celebrities (including notorious figures like Lindsey Lohan), but it does contain some strong language (“damn,” “hell;” curses like “s--t” and “f--k” are fully bleeped). Champagne drinking and cigarette smoking is also visible. Some strong sexual innuendo, including images of models in thongs, pops up during photo shoots. Designers like Halston and publications like Women’s Health Magazine are also featured and/or discussed.
What's the story?
DOUBLE EXPOSURE is a reality docu-drama that follows the antics of celebrity photographers Marcus Klinko and Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri. The award-winning creative team flies all over the world to shoot iconic high fashion images and to photograph some of today’s biggest stars, including Eve, Lindsay Lohan, and Lady Gaga. Helping them on their shoots is stylist GK Reid. Viewers get to watch as the photography duo, who dated for eight years before splitting up, balances the stress of setting up shoots, getting the perfect shot, and letting go of the baggage from their previous romance while still trying to maintain their close friendship.
Is it any good?
The series offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of high fashion and celebrity photography, which includes coaxing models to pose for the perfect shot, and dealing with shoots that go terribly wrong. But much of the drama revolves around the endless bickering between the two photographers, who seem more like a married couple in need of counseling rather than a professional photography team.
The show’s other excitement comes from the parade of celebrities that get photographed throughout the production of the series. Some of the locations they travel to for specific shoots are interesting, too. Best of all, it underscores the idea that no matter how glamorous something (or someone) looks in front of the camera, every image requires a lot of unglamorous work to get it right.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what being a fashion and celebrity photographer is really like. What kind of training do you need to be a professional photographer of this kind? What is the difference between this kind of photography and the pictures of celebrities you see in the tabloids? What has changed about photography over the years? Do you think it is as glamorous as the media often makes it out to be? Why or why not?
What goes into making celebrities look like they do in magazines or billboards? Can you spot the special effects like lighting and makeup photographers use to alter the way the celebs actually look? Do you think these perfect images affect the way real people feel about themselves?
Talk about celebrities as role models. Parents: Tell your kids what you think about celebs like Lindsey Lohan and Lady Gaga and find out how they figure into your kids' lives.