Is Seeing Believing?
Images from War
The Associated Press has severed ties with a freelance
photographer who it says violated its ethical standards by altering a
photo he took while covering the war in Syria in 2013.
The news service said Wednesday that Narciso Contreras
recently told its editors that he manipulated a digital picture of a
Syrian rebel fighter taken last September, using software to remove a
colleague's video camera from the lower left corner of the frame. That
led AP to review all of the nearly 500 photos Contreras has filed since
he began working for the news service in 2012. No other instances of
alteration were uncovered, said Santiago Lyon, the news service's vice
president and director of photography. (Source)
(AP via Yahoo)
Press on Friday
use of photos
provided by the
altered photo of
The image of
Army Gen. Ann E.
Dunwoody is the
photo the AP has
its service in
the last two
The AP said that
the military to
and the public.
original photo, the general appears to be
sitting at a desk with a credenza and
bookshelf behind her. Three stars on her
uniform identify her as a
lieutenant general, her rank before
photo, distributed by the Army and run on
the AP's photo wire Thursday, shows Dunwoody
in fatigues in front of an
American flag. Her rank, affixed to
the front of a soldier's tunic, is not
Reuters on Sunday withdrew a photo of smoke
rising from burning buildings after an Israeli air strike on
of Beirut on August 5, 2006 after evidence emerged that it had been
manipulated to show more smoke.
The manipulated image is shown
on the left. The unaltered image, shown on the right, has since run.
told the photographer, freelance Adnan Hajj, that the
agency will not use any more of his pictures Related stories:
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video on Photo Fraud
Don't Believe What You See in the Papers (The untrustworthiness of news
In Wars, Quest for Media Balance Is Also a
A Picture is no longer worth a
Which photo is the real thing?
No one knows for sure in the age of Photoshop. (from salon.com)
Dixie Chicks take a publicity shot for their
upcoming Middle East tour.
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for providing this picture.
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"Star Wars" movie poster; from Mad magazine
Students should be
encouraged to explain how this parody resembles a real
From website about Civil war era photographer Alexander Gardner:
It should also be added, however, that amongst the genuine pictures of the
there appear to be a few which are contrived, further proof that whilst the camera
cannot lie, the person behind it can! For
example, when Gardner arrived at the decisive
scene of the war at Gettysburg two days after it had been fought, he set about
photographing "Home of a rebel sharpshooter." However, before taking the picture
he had dragged the body of a Confederate some
thirty metres to where he lies in the picture,
turning the head towards the camera.