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Defending Doctored Photos

rosebud 20 November 2008 9

Remember when Jon Stanhope posed before the cameras of the Canberra Times a few years ago dressed in a white lab coat and holding a stethoscope? No? Well, that’s because he never did. The Canberra Times photo-shopped it. I recall they defended those actions vigorously, complaining loudly that it isn’t unethical and happens all the time. So imagine my surprise today while reading the BBC online to see that Associated Press has suspended the use of a photo of a US General because, shock horror, the background Stars and Stripes was digitally inserted. They claim that this sort of thing ‘damages credibility’.

“For us, there’s a zero-tolerance policy of adding or subtracting actual content from an image,” said Santiago Lyon, AP’s director of photography.

They should take a leaf out of the CT book of ethics and chill out man. Like, who cares about credibility anymore anyway?

[ED – to be fair there have been a lot of changes at the CT since that particular atrocity.]

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9 Responses to Defending Doctored Photos
Peachy Peachy 10:25 pm 22 Nov 08

News should be undoctored. Leave the fakes to Ralph and Cosmo.

p1 p1 10:50 am 21 Nov 08

I feel that there is a big difference between airbrushing the photo of Britney so she looks less of a hag, and totally faking the moon landings…

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 9:37 am 21 Nov 08

Doctored images are fodder for idiots.

AG Canberra AG Canberra 8:58 am 21 Nov 08

A few years the TV guide appearing in the sunday Tele was printed with the undoctored headshot of some TV actor and geez it looked bad! All pockmarks and facial hair was there, as well as the crows feet around her eyes.

I’m not sure what I prefer – the “perfection” of doctored images or “as they appear”…

Granny Granny 10:34 pm 20 Nov 08

Well, I’m not labelling any doctored photos. Pimple removed from left-hand side of chin. Sheesh!

sepi sepi 10:18 pm 20 Nov 08

The CT had a doctored photo of the Greens the other dfay – but they did label it as an altered photo.

Granny Granny 9:38 pm 20 Nov 08

I expect so, willo. They can do pretty much anything these days I believe. Like in that movie with Sandra Bullock.

willo willo 9:25 pm 20 Nov 08

do ya reckon they could delete stanhope????…..permanently????

Granny Granny 9:17 pm 20 Nov 08

I think we should just invent the news as well.

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