The Darkening Effect of Memory

Over at Bag News Notes, Michael Shaw looks at the retoning of images shot by James Nachtwey on September 11, 2001 – all of the images are appearing darker than when originally published eleven years ago.

He makes some good arguments for why this may be, particularly that the editors who scanned and prepped those images weren’t on the scene and didn’t know how they should look. But still, the toning is so drastic one has to believe, as Shaw points out, that maybe art is taking over our historical journalism.