WHEN PHOTOGRAPHS (AND PHOTOGRAPHERS) LIE

Staged photographs in news stories have a long history, dating back to the birth of modern photography itself. Consider the example above, for instance. Taken by Alexander Gardner in July 1863, the photograph seems to capture the valiant last moments of a Confederate soldier at the height of the Civil War. Historians claim that this… Read More

DOES IT SHOCK OR INFORM?

Sometimes photographs used in news stories are criticized because they do a better job of shocking readers than they do of informing them. The photo above, taken in 1996, is an excellent example. Shortly after being convicted by a Northern California jury of murdering 12-year-old Polly Klaas, Richard Allen Davis stood up, turned to press-pool… Read More