The exhibit is "Altered Images: 150 Years of Posed and Manipulated Documentary Photography" at the Bronx Documentary Center, curated by Michael Kamber and financed by photographer Phil Leonian (note the date on that link). It will open this weekend and run until until August 2.
"The exhibit, a selection of well-known images that have been altered, staged or faked, is an indictment of some modern practices, and practitioners, of photojournalism," writes James Estrin in the World's Best Photography Magazine, in an article called "Posing Questions of Photographic Ethics." At a time when veteran photographers are being replaced by newcomers or untrained 'citizen journalists,' it also raises important questions about the profession’s future amid increasing doubts about the veracity of images."
James Estrin quotes Michael Kamber: "I think the main reason is that photography is a lot more democratic today and I think that's great. But 20 years ago there were more staff photographers, and they knew very clearly that altering a photo was a fireable offense. Newspapers are laying off photographers by the hundreds, and there are all these young freelancers who have not been properly trained in what is or is not allowable or ethical."
The article assumes the show will be controversial. I don't see why. An altered photograph in a journalistic context is simply a lie told another way, i.e., in non-verbal form. Defenses of lying in that context—it wasn't that bad, it's just a little lie, you know what I mean, I had to punch it up for impact—while common, are all craven.
We've discussed many of the pictures in the show individually. I'd love to see them all gathered together.
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Herman: "Altered? I always look this way."