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OK. Call it framing or composing if you prefer. The point is that the photographer has an image that has the composition and image proportions that he feels best reflects his vision. He doesn't want it changed and how he got to the image proportions, whether by cropping in post or by framing/composing in-camera, is in his eyes very probably irrelevant. He certainly seems reluctant to crop the images to the other proportion and without seeing his images I don't know how we would even determine if that would be a good idea.
An extreme, but common example is where the photographer shoots a horizontal/landscape image but the magazine or book publisher wants a vertical/portrait. Sure, the landscape can be cropped to a portrait but it will likely look like crap.
Now when these kinds of conflicts arise, it sort of depends who asked for what when as to whose "fault" it is. If a magazine contracts a photographer for a model shoot, for example, the photog should get a clear understanding of the requirements from the beginning (and probably even then shoot both orientations to give the art director some alternatives). If fine-art photographers have previous work that they want to publish in a book, then they had better do what they can to find a publisher/printer that can meet THEIR requirements. If it's sort of a 50/50 deal where maybe a book publisher wants to include previous work from a photog, then possibly some compromises on one or both sides will need to be made or they need to part company.