Posts Tagged ‘ethics’

That Painful World Press Photo Decision

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The tumult surrounding the World Press Photo awards for the last couple of weeks has been quite earth-shaking. An Italian photographer, who had been awarded for “Contemporary Issues” was, finally, disqualified for having mis-labelled where a picture was shot (not in the town of Charleroi which was listed on the entry but 30 miles away in Bruxelles.)
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Vogue Editor Criticized for Sharing Instagram Shot of Homeless Woman Reading Vogue

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The style editor-at-large of Vogue is receiving criticism for being insensitive and “out of touch” after sharing (and subsequently deleting) a photograph of a homeless woman in Paris reading a copy of Vogue magazine.
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A Frog Riding a Beetle: Is This a Real Wildlife Photo or a Bunch of BS?

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Photos of a frog riding a beetle have been flooding the Internet over the past month. Think it looks cute and adorable? Reactions to the series of photos have been split between blind praise and outrage over the authenticity of the photo-story and welfare of the subjects. So, did this scene really occur naturally as claimed? We don’t think so, and here’s why.
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World Press Photo Strips Giovanni Troilo of His First Prize Win for Misrepresenting Photo

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In a surprising turn of events, the World Press Photo organization has announced that it will be withdrawing the 1st prize award it had given photographer Giovanni Troilo for his Contemporary Issues series “The Dark Heart of Europe.” This comes one day after a new claim surfaced that accused Troilo of misrepresenting where a photo was shot.
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World Press Photo And Its Credibility Issue

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“World Press Photo is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide.”

That’s what the “About The Foundation” page on the World Press Photo says. Now follow this timeline of recent events.
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World Press Photo Stands By Its Decision for Award Despite Town’s Protests

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We shared last week that the Belgian town of Charleroi was protesting after a series of photos casting it in a bad light was awarded 1st prize at the prestigious World Press Photo contest. According to the town’s mayor, Italian photographer Giovanni Troilo had gone out of his way to stage shots for the purpose of painting the city as “The Dark Heart of Europe.”

Today, after investigating the claims against the photographer, World Press Photo announced that it will be sticking by its decision on the controversial award.
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Town Accuses Photographer of Staging His Shots That Won World Press Photo

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Charleroi is a town of about 200,000 people in Belgium that has fallen upon some tough times in recent years due to increases in unemployment, poverty, and crime. Italian photojournalist Giovanni Troilo pointed his lens at the city last year, capturing a gloomy photo essay titled “The Dark Heart of Europe.” The images were recently awarded 1st prize at the prestigious World Press Photo contest in the Contemporary Issues category.

The contest, which already got a black eye after 20% of the finalists were disqualified for unethical photo editing, has another messy problem on its hands: the town is accusing Troilo of staging his winning photos.
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NPPA Calls on Photographers Disqualified from WPP to Share Their ‘Shopped Photos

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The world of photojournalism took a hit earlier this month when it was revealed that 20% of the finalists in the prestigious World Press Photo competition had been disqualified due to unethical edits. The National Press Photographers Association released a statement this past weekend calling for the disqualified photographers to share the edits that eliminated them from competition.
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Jewish Newspaper Photoshops Female Leaders Out of Charlie Hebdo March Photo

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Millions of people — including many world leaders — took to the streets of France this past weekend to show solidarity in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. The gathering in Paris, the largest in the history of France, made the front pages of major newspapers around the world.

One ultra-orthodox Jewish newspaper decided to cover the story a little differently, though: it’s front page photo was a manipulated one that left out female world leaders.
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Why I’ll Photoshop Your Face and Why I Believe It’s Okay

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Last Spring, Lorde Tweeted the photo above and wrote, “i find this curious – two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-)”

It is admirable, and perhaps even courageous, that Lorde broadcasted this to the masses. There is a lot of debate on the ethics of Photoshopping models and celebrities. A lot of people feel that it pushes unrealistic expectations of beauty in society and sets people up to feel insecure about having imperfections that even the rich and famous share with them.

I totally sympathize with this point of view, but there is another side to the argument that is easily lost on people who aren’t in creative and media fields. There are commercial and artistic forces at work that will never relent and, unless there is a major aesthetic shift in the industry, Photoshopping blemishes is here to stay.
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