Terrorist in a Photography Magazine Ad

When PetaPixel reader David Anderson opened up the April 2011 edition of Shutterbug magazine, he was shocked to find a terrorist in one of the advertisements. Someone should alert the TSA to this, since they published a poster warning us of this type of terrorist back in 2010.

Quick, does anyone recognize the back of this guy’s head? Oh wait, this guy might.

Image credit: Photograph by David Anderson and used with permission

  • Anonymous

    ??? I don’t get it…

  • Clint

    LOL, quality post

  • Tatyana Skymyrka

    it’s one thing to photograph airplanes, it’s little different to photograph runways and airports. I see what you guys are saying, but it’s post 9/11 world we live in.

  • Andrew MacDonald

    Me either….?!?!?

  • bart

    The TSA has been portraying photographers as terrorist suspects. Which is absurd to say the least (and a violation of basic rights)

  • A_dairy_cow

    What’s it like to live in constant fear???

  • Tatyana Skymyrka

    What’s it like to live with your head up in a clouds?

  • sharpie

    All this post 9/11 paranoia that comes from the US is a bigger disaster than the event itself!

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  • Kay O. Sweaver

    Don’t worry. Look top left. Big Brother is watching.

  • Guest

    I don’t get what’s wrong with photographing runways or airports, either. It’s not like all those images already do not exist, including satellite photos showing layouts. There’s nothing out there secret that probably isn’t already photographed and somewhere online. I love photographing in airports, but always worried some peddling paranoid person will report me for doing something “wrong.”

  • Tatyana Skymyrka

    Yes, and because of what happened on December 22, 2001 we all still take our shoes off in the airport, and that was 10 years ago (

    Now luckily, we still live in a country governed by law, so if you do get reported, and it is a misunderstanding you won’t be rotting in jail away somewhere. Try photographing a runway in burma or somewhere alike, and see what happens if you get reported.

    This is a world we live in. Ignoring it or discussing ethical implications of it does not change the reality of things. That aside, there IS certain responsibility that comes with using a camera. Very often times it is what separates the an amateur from a professional.

  • Jason Kuffer

    Terrorist? Was this a sarcastic post? Because I see nothing that implies a terrorist. And this passive-aggressive commentary does not further any cause but paranoia. Thats evident in the amount of “retweets” of words which will be taken out of context. Just as well, my inability to respond to the post directly rather than a persons response. I’m a Petapixel fan and I’m surprised to find this post left open to imagination in the wrong way. It does a disservice to us as camera users.

  • Eric Lauri Kulo

    My exact same thoughts. This is not, by any means, a very humorous post.

  • sharpie

    Rediculous. It is sarcastic yes obviously and all it is doing is pointing out the nature of the world we live in using a little comedy. It doesn’t make a drop of difference to paranoia and certainly doesn’t do any disservice to “camera users”. In fact it does the opposite by raising awareness of the over-zealous laws that people like photographers have to deal with.

  • Anonymous

    Whenever I see stuff like this, I cannot help but be reminded of the “Muslim Photos” segment the Australian show Chasers War on Everything did a while back (


    you guys are ridiculous hah i sent this is because of the TSA posting and all the jabber about terrorists taking pictures of airports (like they’re any secret with thousands of photos of airports). It is SARCASTIC guys!! loosen up!!