I was digging through some of my old unpublished posts, and I came across this link. This is compelling – and shocking – viewing. The video shows how some war photographers alter their scenes to make their images more dramatic, or to make them more spectacular (by showing more damage). And this – from Reuters, from AP!
I don’t agree with the idea that the whole reason of this fraud is to make Israel look worse than it is – I’d say it’s just professional dishonesty, with no intention of taking sides. If these guys were in Israel, they’d still be doing the same thing – this time, showing the Hezbollah in poorer light than they deserve.
Whatever be the motive though, this is despicable, and a disgrace to Photography, and especially to photo-journalism. Is this the effect of news 24×7 and competing agencies vying for consumer attention?
What would James Nachtwey say?