Of course the printed version goes way too far, fundamentally misrepresenting reality. If something happened at night, you can’t turn it into day. It’s the kind of factual misrepresentation
The Post discourages its reporters from tweeting photos without an editor’s supervision, said MaryAnne Golon, the newspaper’s director of photography. “If there’s a question about it, if it crosses a taste boundary, we ask to vet it first,” she said.
There are only nine images of the crash so far from the Reuters news wire, and the one containing the young woman’s body is the most illustrative of them all. It’d be easy to miss her, pale and small, within the wreckage. It’d be easy to miss the warning Reuters appended to its caption: “ATTENTION EDITORS – VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH.”
Most of the news agency photos being published of actual ISIS fighters (with a few exceptions stated below) are being pulled from either Twitter sites run by Isis or from jihadi-related Twitter posts. The question is, how is Reuters getting these pictures? And more significantly, has Reuters been enabling ISIL over the past three weeks in exchange for access?
As a professional photographer for the past 34 years, with a wealth of experience developing film, I could not explain why the “ruined” negatives shown in the video looked the way they did. Then, after carefully scrutinizing all the negatives shown in the video, I figured it out.
I had just discovered a journalistic no-no, a breach of trust, a total fraud. TIME had faked nine photographs in their documentary video and never explained to the viewer what they had done.
Storm chaser/photographer Mark Farnik has been criticized for his photo of a young tornado victim from Nebraska – what he calls “the most powerful, yet most difficult to make and look at image of my photojournalism career
Pictures like these clearly amount to extremist propaganda, so should they have been published? For AFP, the answer is yes — but not without first taking careful precautions to ensure they were not faked. We also avoided publishing those photos depicting gratuitous violence for its own sake.
Today, one week later, CNN is posting what it calls “unverified images” ostensibly of the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killing more than 200 militants, according to Iraqi state TV reports this morning
Link: The Real Story About the Wrong Photos in #BringBackOurGirls
A Twitter campaign using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls has focused global attention on the plight of some 276 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. Three photos of girls have been posted and reposted thousands of times, including by the BBC and by the singer Chris Brown (who himself has had issues with anger management and violence against women).
One problem: The photos are of girls from Guinea-Bissau, more than 1,000 miles from Nigeria, who have no relationship to the kidnappings.
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: 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: 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: 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