Image and View Selections – 19.1.2014


Fifteen year old Fabienne Cherisma was shot dead 19. January 2010 by Haitian police after looting a shop. Photographer Paul Hansen, known for his winning entry at World Press Award 2012 and debates on »extensive photoshopping«, won »International News Image« of »Swedish Picture of The Year Award 2010« for his picture of the dead young girl. But there was yet another view of the scene, captured by Nathan Weber, which offers a completely different perspective, raising questions and debates about photojournalism and ethics in general. Nothing new so far, as Ruben Salvadori’s report shows:

Photojournalism Behind the Scenes [ITA-ENG subs] from Ruben Salvadori on Vimeo.

Personally, discussions about »the best photo« don’t make any sense to me. The usual accusations of photojournalists‘ »vulture behaviour«, »exploitation of victims« and »truth of photos« don’t, either. Reporting from war zones and crisis areas were, are and will always be a kind of serious tightrope walk. But how to apply standards to something beyond all imaginable standards, though?

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Additional links:

»The First Photo Won a Prize; The Second Made a Controversy Explode« (Politica Y Sociedad, 21.12.2013)
»Brouhaha in Sweden following Award to Paul Hansen for his Image of Fabienne Cherisma« (Prison Photography, 23.3.2011)
»This is 15-year-old Fabienne Cherisma, shot dead by a policeman after looting three picture frames.« (Colors Magazine, 9.4.2013)
»Haiti« (Nathan Weber’s website NBW Photo)
»Ruben Salvadori’s Photojournalism Behind The Scenes“ (No Caption Needed, 24.2.2012)
»Ruben Salvadori: Photojournalism Behind The Scenes« (Vimeo, 2012)
»Hinter den Kulissen des Photojournalismus« (ZEIT, 22.3.2012)
»’I was gutted that I’d been such a coward‘: photographers who didn’t step in to help« (The Guardian, 28.7.2012)
»The Future of Photojournalism – Part 1« (Tribe Magazine, 16.8.2013)
»The Future of Photojournalism – Part 2« (Tribe Magazine, 21.9.2013)
»Kevin Carter: The Consequences of Photojournalism« »Double Exposure – 60 Minutes« (CBS documentary about David and Peter Turnley, 2011)
»Viral photo of abusive Israeli soldier called a fake« (LA Times Blog, 2.2.2012)
»’Heartbreaking‘ Syria orphan photo wasn’t taken in Syria and not of orphan« (The Independent, 17.1.2014)

Update 21.1.2014

»Photographing Fabienne: Conclusions« (PrisonPhotography, 8.4.2010 – please see additional links in the article pointing to photographers‘ statements on the scene/capture.)

Update 24.1.2014

»Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer banned by AP after photo alteration«(Politico, 24.1.2014)
„Should the AP Really Have Fired This Pulitzer-Prize War Photographer?“ (Gawker, 24.1.2014)
»Truth and Consequences for a War Photographer« (James Estrin, Lens Blog/NYT, 24.1.2014)
»Ethics Matters: Digital Processing« (NPPA, 25.2.2013)

Zero tolerance or zero intelligence?“(duckrabbitblog, 23.1.2014)