Thursday, July 10, 2008

Photography in the News, International Edition

As always, there are stories about: "news" organizations using Photoshop to create unflattering images of reporters at other organizations, pop stars being retouched in magazines, and even a followup to the fake-tiger story complete with resignations. Yawn. Are there any stories that have a little more interest, maybe something that reveals how images work in contemporary news? You bet.

In an Iranian Image, a Missile Too Many
As news spread across the world of Iran’s provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison. Unfortunately, it contained one too many missiles, a fact that had not emerged before the photo appeared on the front pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, and many other major news Web sites.
Aesthetically, the fake image is better. Except for being a fake, of course.

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