Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA) recently announced finalists and shortlists of its annual contest. However, some images of Hong Kong protests have been removed due to their alleged “sensitive nature.” This has caused a backlash in the community, accusing competition organizers of censorship.
The National Archives recently came under fire for doctoring an image to hide an anti-Trump message. Its ongoing exhibition Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote greets the visitors with a large photo from the Women’s March on 21 January 2017. However, the closer look reveals that the photo was edited, blurring out the signs with anti-Trump messages.
Photojournalist Albertina Martínez was found dead in her apartment in Santiago, Chile in November 2019. She covered the anti-government protests two days before, but her camera, laptop, and phone were missing. This is why it has been speculated that her death is connected to her photographing the protests.
Charlie Cole, one of “Tank Man” Tiananmen Square photographers, has died in his home in Bali. He was one of four photographers who covered the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, and his photo of the “Tank Man” brought him the World Press Photography Award.
A few days ago, a photo “debunking” protest fires in Paris appeared on Twitter and it quickly went viral. It shows two images side-by-side “proving” that the fire was actually harmless, but only shot from a low angle so it appears huge. However, when this “fact checker” was fact checked, it turned out that it was actually fake: reportedly , the two photos weren’t only taken on different days, but also in different parts of the city.
One would think that with a surname like “Click”, a person might be more sympathetic toward photographers, especially when that person is also Assistant Professor of Mass Media at the University of Missouri.
Some of you will remember the story from November last year, of Dr. Melissa Click’s tussle with journalists attempting to interview and photograph students during a protest on the campus.
The University of Missouri has been a hotbed for protests over the past week as students fight back against administration for all but ignoring a handful of racially-charged incidents that have occurred over the past few years.
Although the school administration is at the center of the protests, a new video has come out showing the students, who have set up a small camp on the public school’s quad, blocking student photojournalist Tim Tai – on assignment from ESPN – from capturing the protests.[Read More…]