I get so sick of the digital photogs yelling foul when some news agency clones out a water bottle or a cigarette butt from an image to clean it up. If the camera fondlers spent less time fingering their cams and getting hard-ons they would know there is a long, long history of doctoring news photos.
Unless the photos is a crime scene photo or the change has a material effect on the honesty of the photo…IT DOES NOT MATTER!
Here are just a few from my archives…I got tons of em. I didn’t have time to scan em, so I shot a few quick shots with my pocket cam.
1961 – The original had only one egg in the pan. they needed 2 more, so they drew them in.
1935 – they needed more smoke and flames so they painted and drew them in.
1932 – Same thing, more water spray, stream detail and some architecture drawn in.
Here is the Hierarchy of Documentary Photography for all you fondlers out there.
1. Candid events unfolding as they happen.
2. If it cannot be perfected or obtained as a candid, then the photo must be posed.
3. If it cannot be perfected or obtained as a posed photo, then it must be staged with the proviso it is a recreation of past events, preferably with the actual persons reenacting the events.
4. Figments of the imagination. Varies in documentary value. Can be based on pure speculation or a recount of events.
Girls of the Beat Generation
Forthcoming artists’ book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.