Readers are losing their trust in photographs now that Photoshop has made manipulation so easy. Each time another case of comes to light that trust weakens further.
A rather nasty example of image manipulation emerged this week in Florida where El Nuevo Herald put together two pictures to give the impression of police standing by chatting, and ignoring prostitutes who were soliciting a tourist for business in Cuba. The superimposed headline read (in translation) “Hookers, the sad meat of the dollar”.
The Miami paper, stable-mate of the Miami Herald and recently taken over my the McClatcy Company as part of its purchase of the Knight Ridder group, put together two pictures, one by a staff photographer and the other from AP.
The manipulation came to light in a story in The Miami New Times which said the picture “pushed an anti-Castro agenda” in the newspaper. It also claimed that a veteran photographer on El Nuevo who objected was over-ruled, a allegation denied by the Spanish language paper.
AndrÃ©s Reynaldo, editor of the section in which the picture appeared, has responded: “Our intention was to make a photographic montage from various sources. We have made two errors: the graphic treatment did not fully meet the intention and we did not publish an appropriate credit.”
The question remains of why anyone in a newspaper offices should think such manipulation, with its political overtones, should be acceptable and why it got through to the presses. (via Romenesko)