Conclusion: The Death of PhotojournalismNovember 10, 2009
The research over Brian Walski and his fake have lead me through different ways of photo manipulation, using it for government, during history and most importantly, the impact it has had.
The impact that the dishonesty and misuse of photography has lead to the slow death of the photojournalist image.
The public is loosing faith in the photographic industry because of the amount of fakes that have recently risen and we have reached the point of debating a photos authenticity before getting drawn-in to a photo. The public are constantly bombarded with what are told to be real pictures and when this game leaks into the media, using fakes in magazines, news reports and even campaigns the public has reached a point to simply not trust their first instinct, destroying the image of the industry.
The integrity of the people who take the pictures is also at risk because the public, and even those employing photographers need to make sure that what they are seeing is real. The wasted time and efforts in making sure the picture is real can be costly and unesseary when dealing with a proffesion that demands honest and accurate journalism. The faith in photojournalism is being lost even amongst the peers of the industry as people are becoming more sceptical of each others work, making sure no one is doing the forbidden deed.
The honest art of photography may still be as relevant as it has been in the past but the simple truth that history has played out for us is that the industry is simply harder to trust. The chances of making a concrete decision about a debatable photo fake is unlikely and so this will always discourage individuals to dispute it. Because of this there seems to be a gap in the connection between modern photography and the public because there is so much to discuss. With the technological advancements that have dominated the industry so far, changing photography from what we knew it to now an undeterimined industry. Because of this the image of photojournalism is being destroyed , not the practice itself or the industry but the image. The industry is getting stronger, with more photojournalists across the world and with all the uses of new media it will grow, however the reliability, perspective and direction that it is going is under scrutiny.
The future of the industry is at risk because from the speed of technological improvements and we will be sure to see more controversy over fake pictures, videos and news which unfortunetly chips away at the integrity of photographers across the world.
During the final discussion of this topic i remembered one documentary that stuck in my mind and now I realise why. The documentary was based all upon a fake event, but by simply changing the truth a very powerful and effective documentary was made, The Death of A President.
The link above shows a trailer to the film The Death of A President, a documentary following the fictional investigation of the George W. Bush assassination.