The obtrusive working style of a Japanese street photographer stirred big debate after he appeared in a Fuji commercial. The company dropped both the ad and the photographer they used to sponsor. This is an important story with wide-scale aspects of professionalism, legal issues and ethics: can you put you push the camera up in others’ faces and without consequences?
I got involved in a very interesting debate with a few colleagues about photographing the recovery of the capsised and sank passanger boat Mermaid. Some of them were complaining for some of his “really good” photos not getting published because TEK (short name for Hungary’s Counter Terrorism Centre) banned them.
PetaPixel and lots of other sites wrote about the $120 thosuand grand prize winner of the 2019 Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) Edwin Ong Wee Kee winning with a photo that was taken at a workshop with dozens of photographers present taking the very same picture.
Photo editors at Hungarian news website Origo found a photo that seems to be retouched before publication on the website of one of the radio channels operated by BBC. A portrait of one of the musicians has been cropped out from a group shot and some details in the background have been cloned out. BBC claims it is not a faking of the photo because the photo is not used as a news image.
While Instagram and other smartphone photo effects spread as much as other software manipulations, the magazine known for its wonderful photos National Geographic doesn’t want these tricks. The editors published their professional expectations to be met by photos submitted by readers.
It is an ethernal debate what editing can be done on a digital photo and what type of retouching is forbidden. I have searched through many sources for details on this topic. I think I found the most detailed description.