Fact and Fiction in Modern Photography – NYTimes.com

Fact and Fiction in Modern Photography

There is a struggle going on in documentary photography between proponents of journalistic ethics and practices and those who believe that new visual and storytelling strategies are needed to communicate effectively in the modern world. The controversies surrounding this year’s World Press Photo awards have amplified this debate.

Fact and Fiction in Modern Photography – NYTimes.com

Sara Lewkowicz: Documenting Domestic Violence – Navigating A Controversial Career Break | The Photo Brigade

Sara Lewkowicz: Documenting Domestic Violence – Navigating A Controversial Career Break

Photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz discusses her controversial documentary coverage of a domestic violence incident she photographed when she was a student at Ohio University

Sara Lewkowicz: Documenting Domestic Violence – Navigating A Controversial Career Break | The Photo Brigade

Photojournalism ethics needs a reexamination | Poynter.

Photojournalism ethics needs a reexamination

Michele McNally, director of photography and assistant managing editor of The New York Times, offers this perspective: “The vast majority of the 20 percent were obvious deceptions – there were addition or subtraction of material, that was really evident.”

“Digital darkroom processing…is not the same as the old wet, analog darkroom,” said McNally. That is why the rules are outdated: “So much does not apply and we need clearer standards.”

Photojournalism ethics needs a reexamination | Poynter.

Russell Smith: When does photojournalism cross the line into fiction? – The Globe and Mail

Russell Smith: When does photojournalism cross the line into fiction?

Then I spoke to Canadian photojournalist Donald Weber, one of the judges for the World Press Photo Awards. He was a jury member at both stages of the process that selected Troilo as the winner of his category. Weber took a more philosophically complex view (or a sophistic one, depending on your stance). He described, in e-mails, how he shot the EuroMaidan protests in Kiev and saw the whole thing, with its costumes and its audience, as theatre on a vast stage. “The whole goddamn thing is staged, Gaza was staged, large news events by their very nature are theatrical … As a photographer, you have to spend time with a subject to gain trust, you have to earn their comfort and their freedom to allow you into their lives … so, there’s a ballet, a dance, a theatrical element to our relationship … Is this not staged? … The only photographer that is offering a pure image is that of a Reaper drone in Pakistan, flying 20,000 feet above, undetectable … That’s total neutrality. Is that what we want?” Weber points out that the “photo of the year” winner, shot in a private St. Petersburg apartment with the consent and collaboration of its two subjects, could easily have attracted the ire of what he calls the “fundamentalists.”

Russell Smith: When does photojournalism cross the line into fiction? – The Globe and Mail

World Press Photo 2015 : Controversy An Open Letter of Jim Colton – The Eye of Photography

World Press Photo 2015 : Controversy An Open Letter of Jim Colton

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It was stated that over 20% of the finalists were “disqualified” for manipulation of some sort. Again, Kudos for making a stand. But without showing examples or defining exactly what was done that was considered egregious, you have actually done a disservice to the photographic community.

World Press Photo 2015 : Controversy An Open Letter of Jim Colton – The Eye of Photography

Controversial World Press Photo Winner Under New Scrutiny Today

Controversial World Press Photo Winner Under New Scrutiny Today

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Photographer Giovanni Troilo’s controversial prize-winning entry to the World Press Photo competition is under new scrutiny today because of reports that Troilo did not shoot one of the images where he said he shot it, according to Lars Boering, Managing Director of World Press Photo.

Controversial World Press Photo Winner Under New Scrutiny Today

Belgian Distress Over World Press Winning Pictures: Considering News Photos in a Larger Atmosphere — BagNews

Belgian Distress Over World Press Winning Pictures: Considering News Photos in a Larger Atmosphere

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A parallel trend to consider is how much photojournalism, including news photography, has upped the “artistic quotient” and become that much more interpretive and artistic form. If there has been plenty of discussion about this trend inside the “photojournalism space,” there has been very little of it in the context of how a more abstract and artistic documentary approach – one in which the depiction of gangbangs and sex in cars and obese people sitting in the dark or artfully posing in the dark again with guns — might be a concern to mayors or citizens of these town with access to this newfangled thing called the Internet.

Belgian Distress Over World Press Winning Pictures: Considering News Photos in a Larger Atmosphere — BagNews

World Press Photo Stands By Its Decision for Award Despite Town’s Protests

World Press Photo Stands By Its Decision for Award Despite Town’s Protests

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My cousin accepted to be portrayed while fornicating with a girl in his friend’s car. For them it was not strange. There are parkings popular for the couples exchanging sex with others, also single men and women can watch anonymously the acts through the foggy windows of the cars. “Shame has died,” one says in Charleroi.

World Press Photo Stands By Its Decision for Award Despite Town’s Protests

World Press Photo Issues Clarification Statement On Controversial Award | NPPA

World Press Photo Issues Clarification Statement On Controversial Award

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The photographer told World Press about this photograph, “My cousin accepted to be portrayed while fornicating with a girl in his friend’s car. For them it was not strange. There are parkings popular for the couples exchanging sex with others, also single men and women can watch anonymously the acts through the foggy windows of the cars.

World Press Photo Issues Clarification Statement On Controversial Award | NPPA

Photography: telling art from fraud – Correspondent

Photography: telling art from fraud

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Doctored photos are as old as photography itself, with countless examples throughout history. “Back in the days of film photography, a laboratory technician could always tamper with an image in the dark room, but you really had to be an artist to pull it off,” explains AFP’s chief photo editor Eric Baradat. “Whereas now it’s within the reach of pretty much anyone.”

Photography: telling art from fraud – Correspondent

NPPA Releases Photo Ethics Statement, Plans Symposium With World Press Photo | NPPA

NPPA Releases Photo Ethics Statement, Plans Symposium With World Press Photo

“These last few days there have been many comments, accusations and demands about this throughout social media circles,” Dolan said. “But rather than accusing, I believe what we need to be doing is questioning – WHY is this happening and, more importantly, WHAT can we do to change it?”

NPPA Releases Photo Ethics Statement, Plans Symposium With World Press Photo | NPPA