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Post-production in photojournalism: what is currently accepted?

Hi everyone,
In light of the news of some runner-ups for the World Press Photo contest of this year being disqualified for excessive manipulation what are the current standards in photojournalism in your opinion??

I mean, extreme B&W seems to be well tolerated while a similar approach for color stories does not.
And what about something like lens correction? I’d like to hear what’s the general consensus for the photographers around here.


by Giacomo Cabrini at 2014-03-02 14:54:24 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

My general point of view would be that anything you could do in a timely manner in the dark room with film runs the same for digital news shots now—-but all the while maintaining the original meaning of the photo—- and the original natural visual state of the scene at the time——so, dodge and burn, cropping etc——lens correction I would not be up on—-It’s not to say that you could not get crazy but really it becomes then a “Photo Illustration” in the caption so that it’s clear to the editor and the reader.


by David Bro | 05 Mar 2014 20:03 | Orange County, United States | | Report spam→
I agree with Mr. Bro. And it is true that you see over produced B/W stuff fairly often, but what seems to attract interest in contests and is seen as going “over the line” is work that actually removes something or alters to the point of misrepresentation. Removing another photographer, for example. There has been some work that is in my view excessively manipulated, for example by boosting saturation, altering contrast, or burning to emphasize subject, but such changes seem accepted, up to a point. And perhaps that is as it should be, since such masters as Eugene Smith made fairly strong alterations to push an image in one emotional direction or another, though I can’t think of any Smith picture where he totally placed a new person in a frame or totally removed one (though he did once place a hand holding a saw into a photo of Dr. Schwitzer, I believe)

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 06 Mar 2014 04:03 | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→

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Giacomo Cabrini, Photographer Giacomo Cabrini
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David Bro, freelance editorial David Bro
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