Posts Tagged ‘photojournalism’

Kate Winslet doesn’t like Photoshop

September 29, 2009

GQ - Kate Winslet

PhotoshopNews: Photoshop News and Information » Archive » Kate doesn’t like Photoshop – Digital Ethics.

To prove there’s nothing new in all this controversy about altering published pictures with Photoshop, here is an article from April 2005.

I think it is a good summary and draws the distinction between fashion or glamour work and photojournalism.

Sometimes I think the prohibitions on any manipulation of a “journalistic” picture are excessive. But I understand the reason: once you permit some “fixes” it’s impossible to draw a consistent line.

Note that the article only talks about practices in Western countries. I would be very interested to read of how photojournalists, their editors and newspaper owners treat the subject elsewhere. I have a feeling the standards are not as strict elsewhere.

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Behind the Scenes: To Publish or Not?

September 6, 2009

Behind the Scenes: To Publish or Not? – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com.

This is a very tough issue for everybody involved. Reams have been written about it already from the photographer to the Secretary of State.

I agree that it is important to cover the horror of the war including the casualties. But I would not have gone against the explicit wishes of the dead marine”s family. Yes, AP consulted them – good. But then they decided to publish despite their objections.

If I wanted to make a point about the war I would wait until I found a family who were willing to agree to the publicity.

Cynics cannot help feeling that the Secretary of State got involved because he knew that images of blood and death amongst Americans would cause more people to oppose our involvement. It isn’t long ago the government lifted the ban on photos of the return of bodies to Dover AFB. I recall that vivid images of the war in Vietnam were a major factor in turning public opinion against that war.

Now the taboo against showing injuries and death is broken maybe there will be an escalation in gory images. The Thai newspapers are famous for publishing colour pictures of injured and dead people on their front pages. I hope our news does not get like that, but I don’t want it sanitized either.

As I said, this is an incredibly difficult area. I don’t fault the photographer. It’s interesting she said she showed the picture to the dead man’s colleagues and they did not get angry. I expect they want the public back home to know more about what they are going through.

But to me the grieving family’s feelings are paramount. They lost their son. I don’t think they should be forced to sacrifice their privacy as well because an AP executive believes it is for the greater good. Sorry sir, I don’t think it’s your decision alone.

I wonder how the AP executive who made the decision would feel if his son was killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

New Doubts Raised Over Capa’s ‘Falling Soldier’ – NYTimes.com

August 18, 2009

New Doubts Raised Over Capa’s ‘Falling Soldier’ – NYTimes.com.

Falling Soldier

Even if it was proved that Capa staged the photo, would it make any difference? Isn’t it still an effective image?

Lament for a Dying Field – Photojournalism – NYTimes.com

August 11, 2009

Lament for a Dying Field – Photojournalism – NYTimes.com.

That’s sad, if true. I think it may not be as dire as the article makes out. Surely professional photojournalists are the only ones who can cover conflicts and disasters. Media companies won’t be able to get timely high quality pictures from stock agencies.