Link: Photography and The Death of Reality
I’d like to share a story about Ansel Adams, relayed to me by one of his assistants, the talented John Sexton. Here goes: A man writes Ansel Adams a letter (condensed here): Dear Mr. Adams, I have your books. Your beautiful pictures of Yosemite inspired me to visit this National Park. However, when I got there I was disappointed. The park does not look like that.
Link: Dying for a photograph (and an Audi A3 advert) | duckrabbit blog
The driver’s name was Mohamed Shaglouf. He was executed. Turns out he didn’t just die for an article but also an Audi A3 car advert
Link: The Dysfunctional Guitar: More on the Reuters Syria Photo Controversy — BagNews
what we have here is more of a teaching moment. Talking with many colleagues this week, I know I’m not the only one who is frustrated with Reuters. Given blanket denials and the refusal to address specifics information already published about the munitions story, it does a disservice to all the earnest professionals in the business, especially those working for the photo agency
Link: Reading the Pictures: Were Reuters “Boy in a Syrian Bomb Factory” Photos Staged? — BagNews
We hope this this post might contribute to a thoughtful, open and persistent examination — among concerned citizens, the photo community and among photo- and news media – about the truth behind this story, as well as the issues surrounding how stories in conflict zones can be visually procured today. Below, we’ve paired photos from the story with either direct quotes or paraphrased comments from the reactions we received:
Link: What seemed like a high school player ‘flipping off’ sets off a photo firestorm | Poynter.
Gerik says the Journal Star only had one image because of the way the paper’s strobe system is set up at the arena. “We can capture about one shot per second with the system we use there.”
Link: When Photos Lie: Sticking Up for Jalen Brunson – Shooting from the Hip
I felt the image could be misconstrued, so, I decided that it would be reckless of me to transmit the photo and take a chance that someone who didn’t see the play unfold would think that Jalen Brunson was flipping off the crowd or officials.
A photographer from the Peoria newspaper decided to send his version of the image and it was published online with the caption- “Jalen Brunson of Lincolnshire Stevenson makes a gesture to the Chicago Whitney Young crowd.”
The Twitter-verse exploded.
Brunson’s historic game was now just a side show to an online circus.
Link: Trial by Slide Show? On Lens, Molhem Barakat and the Reuters Scandal — BagNews
It’s in the slideshow where allegations incubate and where photos and captions function as much as innuendo as background.
Link: Reuters Denies Ethical Allegations, While Some Syria Photographs Still Questioned | NPPA
Back in September when Khatib’s photographs hit the Reuters picture network there was a stir among photographers and editors who were tasked with covering Syria’s war. Many questioned the credibility of the images at the time. Reporters and photographers were sent out to find “Issa.” They came back saying they were unable to turn up the young boy.
Link: As Facebook Pics of Malaysia Air Passengers Land on Buzzfeed … Hijacked Twice? — BagNews
What are the ethics of of high traffic news and infotainment websites using a person’s Facebook image if that person was on an erased airliner? Is it just a case of, “well, you should have thought of that before you disappeared?”
Link: Questions About News Photographers in Syria Arise After Freelancer’s Death
Seasoned combat photographers are never immune to the perils of war. But since Molhem’s death, several news media outlets have questioned Reuters’s reliance on a teenage photographer in a war zone. An examination of the events surrounding Molhem’s death has also raised questions about Reuters’s network of local photographers in Syria and their journalistic practices