The rule is a simple one: Don’t change a photograph. Since accuracy and truth and all that are so central to the practice of journalism, you’d think that journalists, of all people, would get it. But sometimes they don’t, and when that happens, it’s always a shock, particularly when it happens at a big time news organization such as Newsweek.
Archives: altering photos
Changing a photograph in a way that alters its meaning — even if only incidentally — is not a good thing for journalists or journalism. We have been reading about this sort of thing far too much these days, and unfortunately, we will probably continue to hear about such behavior.