Steroids, Ethics and Photojournalism

Image002Sean Elliot, president of the National Press Photographers Association, wrote an intriguing post questioning whether you can draw a parallel between steroid use in athletics and manipulations in photojournalism.

It’s a great question that he poses and I think the answer is yes. Photojournalism – not photography, photojournalism – is about truth, accuracy and fairness. Doctoring your images in Photoshop, Aperture, Lightroom of even in the camera by boosting saturation is, in my mind, akin to doping in sports – it makes you look better than reality.

Mark E. Johnson

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