Sunday, August 13, 2006

A Media Meltdown

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Photographer Bryan Denton has written that photographers in Lebanon have gone even farther over the line than we imagined. This is from a thread at Lightstalkers:

i have been working in lebanon since all this started, and seeing the behavior of many of the lebanese wire service photographers has been a bit unsettling. while hajj has garnered a lot of attention for his doctoring of images digitally, whether guilty or not, i have been witness to the daily practice of directed shots, one case where a group of wire photogs were choreographing the unearthing of bodies, directing emergency workers here and there, asking them to position bodies just so, even remove bodies that have already been put in graves so that they can photograph them in peoples arms. these photographers have come away with powerful shots, that required no manipulation digitally, but instead, manipulation on a human level, and this itself is a bigger ethical problem.

Emphasis mine. If this is true, this would be the final straw for the media. It sems that people such as Mr. Denton and others see what has happened to their profession and aren't happy about it. They are the voices of reason and in being a whistl-blower, Mr. Denton may well have ruined his career.

Read much more at Ace, Hot Air and LGF.

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