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World Press Photo’s Lars Boering and the fight against “fake news”

A full report on this year’s contest will be released on 27 February – but in the meantime, a new spectre has raised its head. Documentary but recording a murder which took place at a press conference, this year’s winning image by Burhan Ozbilici has been denounced by the jury chair Stuart Franklin, who argues it is a terrorist manipulation of the media, and therefore should not be given the oxygen of more publicity.

“It is a staged murder for the press in a press conference, so there will be questions,” Franklin told BJP. “It is a premeditated, staged murder at a press conference, which arguably you could put in the same envelope as the beheading of a prisoner in Raqqa [Syria].”

An Assassination

Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Andrei Karlov, right, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Image ©

Boering has no such compunction. “Every act of terrorism is a manipulation of society and media,” he says. “They know the media is drawn to these things, that everyone will want to publish it first. But to me that is not fake news. Fake news for me is when we see governments trying to trash facts, figures and anything they don’t like. It is not new – if you go back to the 1930s, propaganda and news were very much intertwined.

“We [World Press Photo] feel we have never given in to the pressure to ‘everything goes’ in photography,” he continues. “Photography is a big place, you can do anything, but when you are a journalist you are working in a specific area of photography, working in the world we live in.”


Lunes, 6 de marzo de 2017 Sin comentarios

La estética del fotoperiodismo: la guerra en Siria

El eterno debate en el fotoperiodismo

Walter Benjamin dijo que “la fotografĂ­a ha logrado transformar la mĂĄs abyecta pobreza, encarĂĄndola de una manera estilizada, tĂ©cnicamente perfecta, en objeto placentero”.

» ¿Vemos lo bello y no lo terrible?, ¿qué busca el fotógrafo con fotografías así?».

Sin duda, una de las claves estå en la pregunta:  «¿necesitamos este tipo de fotografías para describir un conflicto bélico?».

Violence continues to sweep across Aleppo

© Narciso Contreras


© Narciso Contreras

Muy recomendable la lectura del texto completo en: La estética del fotoperiodismo: la guerra en Siria | Oda a Niepce..

Jueves, 2 de octubre de 2014 Sin comentarios

World Press Photo 2014 contest: Reflections from the Secretary’s seat

InteresantĂ­simos comentarios del secretario del jurado de World Press Photo 2014.

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Por cierto de nuevo una polémica en torno a la fotografía ganadora. El presidente del jurado es el fundador de la agencia VII Photo y el ganador John Stanmeyer pertenece a la misma agencia.

Mr Knight said that although he had asked to be removed from the final judging because of his friendship and professional relationship with Mr Stanmeyer, the World Press rules did not allow for it. He emphasised that at every level there was complete transparency. “If anything,” he said, “I was a hindrance for John getting the award, not a help.”

World Press Photo 2014 contest: Reflections from the Secretary’s seat.

Lunes, 17 de febrero de 2014 Sin comentarios