Reuters Pulls All Photos by Freelance Photographer

Reuters withdraws all photos by freelancer The Washington Post is reporting that Reuters has pulled 920 photos from by Lebanese photographer Adnan Hajj after discovering that two of his photos were manipulated and doctored in photoshop.

“Reuters has zero tolerance for any doctoring of pictures and constantly reminds its photographers, both staff and freelance, of this strict and unalterable policy,” said Global Picture Editor Tom Szlukovenyi.

The BBC is also running an article including an interview with their picture editor Phil Coomes about what are the acceptable uses of Photoshopping with regards to their editorial standards. Apparently the view the BBC takes would be that minor photoshopping is allowed as long as it’s nothing more than that which could have been done in a darkroom. “This usually means, colour balance, ‘dodging and burning’, cropping, touching up any marks from dust on the sensor and perhaps a little sharpening. If we are honest though, an accomplished darkroom technician could do almost anything and there are many historical examples of people being airbrushed from pictures.”

Thanks, Violentz.

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  1. Jg says:

    The CNN story about this actually shows the before/after versions of one of the photos in question. It’s amazing that this guy thought he’d get away with it — my cat can use Photoshop’s clone tool better.

  2. Anonymous says:

    he should be executed.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Seriously…that’s got to be the worst use of the clone tool I’ve ever seen “in the wild.” And for Reuters no less!