Different River

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September 16, 2005

Reuters did it with Photoshop!

Filed under: — Different River @ 9:23 am

The rather juvenile photo releases by Reuters and mentioned below was apparently produced, or at least enhanced, with Photoshop. Or so says the Reuters editor who is saying, in effect, don’t blame the photographer; he couldn’t even read the note:

Reuters Explains Photo Of Bush Bathroom Note

September 15, 2005

By Daryl Lang

Don’t blame the photographer.

That’s the message from Gary Hershorn, a picture editor for Reuters, about the photo yesterday that shows President George W. Bush writing an all-too-human note during a UN meeting.

The photo, which quickly became fodder for blogs and e-mails among friends, was taken by Rick Wilking, a contract photographer based in Denver who recently covered the flooding in New Orleans.

Hershorn, Reuters’ news editor for pictures for the Americas, says he’s responsible for zooming in on the note and deciding to transmit the photo to Reuters clients. He says Wilking didn’t know what the note said when he shot the picture.

“I’m so adamant that Rick has nothing to do with this. He was just the guy who pushed the button,” Hershorn says.

In response to the attention the photo is getting, Reuters’ spokeswoman in London released a two-sentence statement about the picture: “The photographer and editors on this story were looking for other angles in their coverage of this event, something that went beyond the stock pictures of talking heads that these kind of forums usually offer. This picture certainly does that.”

[H]e started to wonder about a note that Bush was seen writing in three of the pictures. Out of curiosity, he zoomed in to see if he could read it.

Once he saw what it said, Hershorn decided the note was interesting and worth publishing. The white parts of the picture were overexposed, so a Reuters processor used Photoshop to burn down the note. This is a standard practice for news photos, Hershorn says, and the picture was not manipulated in any other way.

Next time you read or hear in the mainstream media that the blogosphere is unrealiable or fulled with immature people unconstrained by responsible editors, just remember what you get from “professionals” in the news business, who are “constrained” by editors who consider it “standard practice” to alter photographs to get a “other angles in their coverage” and reveal to the public important information that we have the “right to know” and could not have known without the services of professional journalists: that the president goes to the bathroom.

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