In an age where the image is increasingly under question, how can you verify that a photograph has not been tampered with? Examples like…
In an age where the image is increasingly under question, how can you verify that a photograph has not been tampered with? Examples like that of the cloned Iranian missiles in 2008 can have serious political repercussions. Other examples such as the 2018 British Wildlife Photographer of the Year (showing an anteater moving towards a termite mound) demonstrate the problem of misrepresentation. The picture was disqualified when it turned out the anteater was a taxidermy specimen.
Have we become so squeamish as to not accept the tragedy depicted in the many sad images emerging from Haiti? We send our young men to war, but we run from the reality of war when we see these men in action, wounded and sometimes dead. The horror of war is inescapable. It does not go away if we ignore it. Similarly, we cannot escape the images from natural disasters. If we turn away from the pictures an earthquake or tsunami brings, does it mean they did not occur? It does not.
Canada's helicopter deal may be on the rocks, but concerns about human rights abuses in the Philippines remain. Daniel Berehulak is a photojournalist who won a Pulitzer for his photos documenting extrajudicial killings under President Duterte.