There's a bit of a ruckus going on over in the JBlogosphere
about an AP photograph from the Gaza Strip that appears to have been staged
In this particular case, I don't think it's such a big deal.
Yes, the pictures appear to be spotless in an area covered in dust. There's probably a reason for it, though—The pictures were most likely picked up and cleaned by Mushir al-Masri, who is standing in the same frame
To me, this seems to be a far cry different than fauxtography from the past. Take, for instance, the incident with toys in Lebanon
, which we briefly discussed
back when this blog first launched in 2006. In each and every one of the photographs in that particular series, the toy was presented completely
devoid of context, leaving the viewer with the distinct impression that the dastardly
Israeli military was intentionally aiming for children.
Compare that to now, when most readers already know
that Hamas buildings were targets, and that Hamas-supporting legislators would most likely be back around to assess the damage (even if they're acting). I would suggest that showing
these legislators in action is not intentionally misleading to the same level as the toys were, since we can see the context
in which the photograph was taken.
As a side note, someone made an interesting comment
on Carl in Jerusalem's post, reportedly passed on from an incoming photojournalist in the Gaza Strip:
... I would've thought there'd be more damage - true, all the Hamas buildings are destroyed - but that's maybe four streets in total and a building here, a building there.
So, my impressions are that the place is not nearly so destroyed by Israel as I was expecting it to have been from the pictures I saw.
I think it would be very
enlightening to see aerial photographs of Gaza City, if the IDF were up to it
(Oh, and yes: The title is a bad play on "Fauxtography." Seaux
sue me. ;) )
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