Photojournalism Minority retouch: Digital post-producers stand by their

Very interesting feature and article in The British Journal Of Photography.

In the firing line since the recent World Press Photo controversy, digital post-producers are striking back, defending their work as well as their ethics. Olivier Laurent talks to 10b Photography and Addretouch


Paul Hansen’s World Press Photo winning image is eerie. Depicting a group of people carrying the dead bodies of two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her three-year-old brother Muhammad through Gaza city, it has a cinematic feel, with the light bouncing off the heads of the children’s relatives rushing towards the photographer and his audience.
“This picture just leapt off the screen for us – repeatedly,” explains Santiago Lyon, the Associated Press’ director of photography and chair of this year’s World Press Photo jury. Without doubt, the image had been toned before it was submitted to the world’s best-known photojournalism competition, but the judges felt it fell within the contest’s rules.
Not everyone agreed, however. In May – more than three months after the image was plastered across hundreds of newspapers and published in countless magazines around the world – Hansen’s work was called into question, with digital photography experts wrongfully accusing the photographer of faking this year’s World Press Photo winning image. While these accusations were quickly debunked by World Press Photo, the post-processing debate was reignited within the photojournalism community, forcing firms such as 10b Photography and Addretouch to speak out, defending their reputations and the ethics of their practice.


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As far as I am concerned as long as nothing has been added or taken away there's no real issue.
Or manipulated out of context, Small adjustments are no different to the old dark room methods of dodging & burning..etc.

Both Images have an impact & always have the raw file to prove work.. But believe in more honesty ..
Small adjustments have to be made on a digital raw file's to make it pop, As it just does'nt have the punch or quality of film..