Photographer Fired for Pointing Out Doctored Photo

Ordinarily, when a manipulated image makes its way into a news publication, the photographer or editor responsible for the ethical transgression is swiftly fired and shamed out of the industry. In this recent case involving the Citizen, a South African newspaper, a photographer was fired for writing publicly that the cover image was manipulated. Read that again. A news photographer has been fired for pointing out that his publication published a doctored photo.

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Photographer fired for pointing out doctored news image on newspaper cover
The only think you have in the industry is your name. The moment your name gets tainted, your credibility gets shot. -Johann ‘Slang’ Hattingh, speaking

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2 thoughts on “Photographer Fired for Pointing Out Doctored Photo

  1. I get where both parties are coming from but honestly. I think they should have used a different picture or even covered the bodies using pictures related to other articles in the publication, to actually edit the photo besides standard adjustments is not honorable. I do believe that they were right in not showing the bodies, that is respectful towards the families, but I don't believe that poorly cloning and healing brushing them out, is a good solution.

  2. I get where both parties are coming from but honestly. I think they should have used a different picture or even covered the bodies using pictures related to other articles in the publication, to actually edit the photo besides standard adjustments is not honorable. I do believe that they were right in not showing the bodies, that is respectful towards the families, but I don't believe that poorly cloning and healing brushing them out, is a good solution.

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