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Allan Detrich Torpedo Blade, Adnan Hajj Reuters.

Allan Detrich Torpedo Blade, Adnan Hajj Reuters. - Press Photographer Alan Detrich resigned from his position of photographer at the Toledo Blade after admitting that he digitally altered an image featured on the front page of the newspaper.

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Detrich resigned from his position at the Ohio based newspaper after it was discovered that he had breached journalistic ethics by materially altering an image of a university baseball team prior to publication. The Editor also discovered after further investigation that Detrich had also tampered with other images in the past, and that 79 out of 233 published pictures had in fact been altered, including the addition of a basketball in one image and a hockey puck into another.

Allan Detrich Torpedo Blade, Adnan Hajj Reuters.

Detrich removed the persons legs from behind the banner

Executive editor Ron Royhab said that “Journalism, whether by using word or pictures, must be an accurate representation of the truth. Digitally editing images is dishonest.”

Allan Detrich Torpedo Blade, Adnan Hajj Reuters.

 

 

 

 

 


Hajj cloned extra smoke plumes into this image

Similarly, photographs by Lebanese freelance photographer Adnan Hajj were removed from Reuters at the beginning of the year, after it was discovered that he had been altering news images. Hajj claimed he had been just trying to remove dust marks, but critics found he had added several objects to photographs including a large plume of smoke and several buildings.


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kevski 7 14 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 5:05PM
Not suprised he was removed after such bad cloning to that smoke plume.
kev.

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cameracat 10 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
4 Jun 2007 7:17PM
LOL @ Kev, To right mate he might have had the decency to make a proper job of it Smile
LesleyJ 7 144 England
5 Jun 2007 11:54AM
LOL not suprised he got caught I can clone better than that and I have only been learning photoshop a few months.
SuperRoo 7 63 1 Australia
8 Jun 2007 10:45AM
I just love this quote:

Executive editor Ron Royhab said that “Journalism, whether by using word or pictures, must be an accurate representation of the truth. Digitally editing images is dishonest.”

Considering in inability of most news-based publications to accurately describe the real situation - the saying "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story" strangely comes to mind - I personally don't see what the fuss is all about!!! If it is OK to write stories that are politically biased, fail to provide all the facts to ensure sensationalism, or are based on outright falsehoods, then why is it not OK to enhance a photo for graphic effect, if the intent and overall depiction of reality from the image, remains intact???

I think there is something not quite right in this situation!!!
uggyy 8 2.1k 9 Scotland
10 Jun 2007 6:05PM
Personaly if its to make somehting like news event looks worse than it was, then its a lie and sorry thats not what he should be doing.

If its something like cloning legs away from a sports photo, well thats just cosmetic and has no impact of the story....

But for that smoke clonning, sheesh thats a laugh. A 5 year old kid could do better.

Tommy
Parsec1 8 22
20 Jun 2007 9:17PM
Give it up for gawds sake every and I mean EVERY national newspaper darkroom in the Fleet Street era had a a 'magic wand' with a 'football' on the end of it for their sports pictures..sure there was no servo autofocus and sometimes you even had to take a meter reading but 250 @ 5.6 with HP5 or Tri X would be about right for night and500 @ 8 for day. Ofcourse substantialy altering an image is immoral and nobody would ever consider doing that but there were a couple of award winning picures that were a little suspect to say the least. A particular 'Seal Cull' picture and a 6 day war picture spring to mind. I know I worked among it. So lets not start banging our heads against the wall because of the inclusion of a 'ball'.
Parsec1 8 22
20 Jun 2007 9:35PM
Sorry but I forgot to add and for what its worth my opinion is that if you can do it and get away with it in a wet darkroom then its all right for digi.
NathanS 9 88 England
26 Jun 2007 12:43PM
I'm with Tommy on this one.

My personal opinion is that a bit of cosmetic touch up is fine in a news photo. (e.g. cloning out some distracting background element or even adding a football.)

But anything that distorts the truth behind the story is unacceptable. But I know that one persons cosmetic change may be another's lie.
montu 6 Bangladesh
16 Dec 2007 12:34PM

Quote: Not suprised he was removed after such bad cloning to that smoke plume.
kev.

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