In response to the increasing ambiguity over acceptable levels of manipulation in photojournalism contests, World Press Photo commissioned a report entitled “The Integrity of the Image: Current practices and accepted standards relating to the manipulation of still images in photojournalism and documentary photography.” It’s 20 pages long, so here’s the tl;dr:
- Using the darkroom as an analogy and starting point for the discussion of digital manipulation is outmoded
- There are no concrete, widely accepted guidelines. Interviewees assess images on a case-by-case basis.
- The industry should try to develop a verifiable “digital audit trail.”
Darkrooms as an analogy
This is perhaps the most instructive …read more