AP Fires Photographer Who Altered Syria Photo

Narciso Contreras edited another photographer's camera out of a shot and got the sack

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The Associated Press has “ended its ties” with a freelance photographer after it came to light that he digitally altered a photograph taken last September in Syria.

Photographer Narciso Contreras used editing software to eliminate a colleague’s camera from his photograph of a Syrian opposition fighter, the AP said Wednesday. The AP did not find any other altered images among the hundreds of photographs Contreras submitted to the agency, but it scrubbed his work from its public archives regardless.

“AP’s reputation is paramount and we react decisively and vigorously when it is tarnished by actions in violation of our ethics code,” said AP Vice President and Director of Photography Santiago Lyon in a blog post about the incident. “Deliberately removing elements from our photographs is completely unacceptable.”

In a separate AP news story about the incident, Contreras said he “took the wrong decision” when he edited the photo.

“You can go through my archives and you can find that this is a single case that happened probably at one very stressed moment, at one very difficult situation, but yeah, it happened to me, so I have to assume the consequences,” said Contreras.

Contreras was part of a group of five photojournalists whose work earned the AP a Pulitzer Prize last year. TIME has featured Contreras’s work in the past.

[AP]

5 comments
fouridated
fouridated

And yet  Andersen Cooper pretending to be in Conn during coverage of newtown and CNN  green screening

entire fake missile strikes doesnt even make it to the back page. Truly hideous to make this a big deal without

mentioning that almost ALL photographs are altered. A red herring dropped on the path so the next time it happens you wont pay attention.

JohnWD
JohnWD

@MikePenney  There is a distinct difference in editing for quality and editing to drastically change meaning. The issue goes further than just editing out the camera - if he didn't let anyone else know he had done that, how many of his other photos might be compromised in other ways? You say you're a photojournalist but you seem to lack the ethics of a good one..

MikePenney
MikePenney

What a hypocritical move. Writers correct their work… erase misspelled words and revise info... all the time. Was the meaning changed? no. 

John_Laurence
John_Laurence

@MikePenneyMike, a photograph and a news report are entirely different things. A news picture is meant to represent a moment in time, a snap shot, representing the entire reality of what the photo-journalist had in the frame. It must not be corrected to improve the aesthetic in any way. A written news report is an account, and should be corrected for accuracy and presentation until it is perfect. Two different things.

MikePenney
MikePenney

@John_Laurence @MikePenney   Hogwash. I have been a photojournalist since 1967. Every photograph I have ever made has been cropped, lightened, darkened, dust spotted, contrast adjusted, burned, and dodged. Every single photo assignment has contained multiple photos from different perspectives, positions, lens focal lengths, apertures, shutter speeds and heights. No editor has ever rejected a photo because of any of that. 


Taking the camera out is an inconsequential action like cleaning the dirt off the lens. 


Q:          So, which one of those photos is THE perfect rendition? 

ANS:     None.. It's all as subjective as anything could be.



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