Interesting slideshow from aish.com demonstrating examples of photographic fraud (either Photoshop work or placement of props) in the mainstream media. These examples are mostly stacked against Israel, but the problem is becoming endemic in photojournalism.
Thanks Ken Light
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Uuugh Scot, the slideshow starting with a reference to littlegreenfootballs made me shiver. A quick visit to aish.com after watching it confirmed my feeling that this piece is propaganda-disguised-as-anti-propaganda.
Is suspect the photo fraud problem is not new (Stalin did not wait for Photoshop to be invented after all), and though it is worth pointing it out, doing so with an agenda does not help IMHO.
(just to be extra clear, I’m not blaming *you* for having an agenda – on the contrary I believe you posted this because you do not perceive the slant I see in that piece)
Oh, I know the piece is totally slanted. I posted the link despite that fact, not because of it. With research I’m sure I could have come up with plenty of examples sans agenda. I just thought it was an interesting collection.
Yep, photo fraud goes way back. Not only Stalin, but Mao was big on removing deprecated cabinet members from official photos, long before Photoshop. But those examples were rare, as they were very labor intensive. The practice is widespread today, and is chipping away at the idea that photographs represent truth in a way that words do not.
mostly stacked against Israel Scot?
Sheesh, they’re all stacked against Israel, but hey, there’s a reference to littlegreenfootballs guys so let’s put our fingers in our ears and sing, “la-la-la-la, I can’t hear you!”
Find me an example of the opposite slant and I’ll believe you.
I didn’t mean “opposite slant” – I meant “other slants” — IOTW this kind of thing is happening throughout the world of photojournalism. Though I’m sure some research could/would turn up an opposite slant to this one, we may not find it so neatly packaged up.
The Reuters Photo Scandal