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Award-winning Photo Questioned

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On Monday, February 18th, I read a story on the social news  site Digg about this photograph by Swedish photographer Paul Hansen that won the 2013 World Press ‘Photograph of the Year’ award. The photo depicts the funeral of two children killed by a missile strike in  Gaza in November of 2012. Their father’s body can also be seen being carried in the background. When I first saw it, I readily understood why the photograph won the contest, it’s stunning, captures raw emotion, and sheds light on an important issue.

However, today I read a story on designboom.com about how people are now starting to question the amount of editing done to this picture, and whether it is ethical or not. Many have come to the photo’s defense, saying nothing was done to hide any fact, and that the editing simply made it more aesthetically pleasing. I tend to agree with this side of the debate.

On the other hand, it does raise the question of what the limits should be on the amount of editing done on a photograph and it still be considered ethical. I don’t even think set limits can be established in a general sense, I believe it would have to be on a case by case basis.

 

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Written by jessicaeking

February 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm

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