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Is this a common occurance in photo journalism?

October 26, 2009

After looking at Brian Walski’s fake, I wanted to see if the alteration of photos in this industry had happened before and whether similar repercussions followed. At first the idea of firing Walski seemed a bit strong, but in photo journalism industry, the legitimacy of your photo directly reflects the integrity of the journalist. And so the two go hand in hand when it comes to punishment for a fake.

My reserach lead me to surf the net for simple ‘photo fakes’ and to see if lessons had been learnt over time whether or not faking photos is worth the risk. I was surprised by the amount of front page covers that miss lead readers without them knowing.

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http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/farid/research/digitaltampering/marthastewart1.jpg 26/10/09

This picture compares the original Martha Stewart photo with the front page spread on News Week. The photo is less controversial¬†to Walski’s but the principal is the same, deception of the reader and whether or not it matters if the photo is Martha Stewart’s body or if it matters if the soldier wasnt signaling to the man and child, deceiving the reader is unethical and most importantly, unprofessional.

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