Ethics

Should the Media Use Official Portraits When Reporting Misconduct?

Of course, in the rush to meet the news cycle, the media reaches for the photos it can easily obtain. Few news outlets have created specific policies for the use of photography in abuse of power caes, as there is often neither time nor access to take a photo. But the New Yorker provides us an example of what could be.

The Controversy and Contexts of Using Emmett Till’s Image

There are few photographs more consequential in African-American history — and our nation’s — than those of Emmett Till’s mutilated corpse. The images from 1955 are gruesome and emotionally devastating, coming as they did after the 14-year-old was beaten and shot by two white men. And while authorities in Mississippi tried to bury the teenager as quickly as possible, his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, insisted otherwise, allowing photographers to commemorate the ghastly scene.

World Press Photo’s Inaccurate Statements and Fragmented Investigation

The World Press Photo Contest Technical Report is misleading when it comes to their investigation with regard to Hossein Fatemi’s case. The report states “… Lyon was dealing with primary sources, in contrast to Talaie’s collection of secondary accounts.” This is inaccurate and unnecessarily misleading. It leaves the impression that World Press Photo (WPP) is using this language to alter the facts. What do they mean by “primary sources” versus “Talaie’s … secondary accounts?” The same language was used by WPP’s officials on social media. I would expect that WPP, as a credible journalistic institution, to revise their report and investigation.

2017 World Press Photo Awards Fake News

This year the jury of the World Press Photo (WPP) awarded Iranian photographer, Hossein Fatemi, the second place for his long-term project titled ‘An Iranian Journey.’ Many who have directly interacted with Fatemi in Iran, Afghanistan, and other places consider his conduct unethical and ridicule his work as staged photojournalism.

Fake Photos in Fake News

History is littered with allegations of staged photography in news settings, but the decentralization of the news media and the rise of hyper-partisan sites has led to something else: image theft and fraudulent captions.

How much of a Chicago brutality video should be shown? The media don’t agree

It seems like centuries ago that, for example, media agonized over the video of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl being savagely murdered by Pakistani terrorists. Most didn’t run the video. That was way back when, in 2002.

Now, with Facebook, the “well, it’s already out there on social media, we can’t ignore it” rationalization often takes hold. Thus, there were a great many folks who used portions of the video.

Don’t Fetishize This Image

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Burhan Ozbilici’s stunning photo of a gunman moments after assassinating the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov spread like wildfire over social media. While many within the photojournalism community quickly declared the image as the “photo of the year,” and worth of top prizes, one voice offered dissent. Matt Slaby is a photographer and founding member of Luceo Images, a creative visual agency that originally started as a collective of top photojournalists.

Do Digitally Altered Photos Represent Fact or Fiction?

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A new wave of digital manipulation—and the blood sport of hunting for it—is roiling the world of photojournalism. Some of the industry’s biggest names and most established contests have been tarnished recently by accusations of tampering

On the Alton Sterling Daily News Cover. (Graphic, Yes.)

It might feel, with only words at one’s disposal, like there is nothing more to say, but it also feels here — in the unforgiving bluntness, the indictment and its response to the endless loop of the same insanity — like there was more to show.

How We Spot Altered Pictures

National Geographic’s top editors explain how to keep photography honest in the era of Photoshop—and why they’ll never move the pyramids again.

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