Pseudo-Photo-Journalism

It appears that Reuters’ photo-editors are running into problems once again.

Following the “photogate” debacle of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, Reuters issued new Photoshop rulesfor its photographers in January, 2007.

Here is one of the infamous pics from that episode in which sections of the image were cloned to create the perception of greater destruction:

For comparison, here is the original image:

What may be another example of the phenomenon comes from today’s Iranian Revolution Day parade in Tehran:

Zooming in a little:

It’s difficult (without the unretouched image) to determine whether the photographer or photo-editor was attempting to add people to the crowd or subtract “green movement” protesters and/or their banners. Maybe it was a small, justifiable retouch gone horribly wrong. The matter is currently unclear, but it’s quite clear that the published image has been compromised and its credibility brought into doubt.

Reuters has been contacted regarding the image.

In the vein of other things optical:
Iranian regime busses in support for anniversary celebrations

And, lest anyone think that Reuters’ photographers are the only ones with a copy of Adobe Photoshop, here’s a flashback to an important missile propaganda event for Iran last year.

Published photo:

Original image (failure to launch):

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5 Comments

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5 responses to “Pseudo-Photo-Journalism

  1. imahd

    So far, have received no word back from Reuters despite a promise from their office. Oh, wait… nope that’s something else again…

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/36489_Another_Cropped_Reuters_Photo_Deletes_Another_Knife_-_And_a_Pool_of_Blood

  2. cj

    Have you guys ever heard of trees?? In the winter they do not have leaves and look just like this. Try enlarging the image. You might even see some light posts which are still on the same street as are the trees!!! Get a life!!!

    • imahd

      Hi CJ,

      We appreciate your input. We are currently awaiting the completion of Reuters’ own investigation into the apparent problem and will report the results here in later commentary.

  3. imahd

    You can also see that they pixeled over three or four pedestrian overpasses in the process — and multi-cloned a large street lamp in varying opacities.

  4. mcyoung

    I noticed that anomoly(the shaded areas that seemed to be duplicates of the street scene further back) on the live feed on PressTV of the crowd in the street…I kept wondering what those shaded areas were as the camera kept returning to that particular view. Looking at these stills I’m now wondering how did they do that on a live feed? Or maybe it wasn’t “Live”??? Curious.

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