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.”