Jul 8, 2009

Bad exposure

The New York Times Magazine has been forced to pull a photo essay from its site after a reader discovered that at least one of the photographs - and clearly more, according to further analysis - were digitally altered. The photographer, Edgard Martins, has yet to comment. The Times photo editor has posted the following comment:
A picture essay in The Times Magazine on Sunday and an expanded slide show on NYTimes.com entitled 'Ruins of the Second Gilded Age' showed large housing construction projects across the United States that came to a halt, often half-finished, when the housing market collapsed. The introduction said that the photographer, a freelancer based in Bedford, England, 'creates his images with long exposures but without digital manipulation.

A reader, however, discovered on close examination that one of the pictures was digitally altered, apparently for aesthetic reasons. Editors later confronted the photographer and determined that most of the images did not wholly reflect the reality they purported to show. Had the editors known that the photographs had been digitally manipulated, they would not have published the picture essay, which has been removed from NYTimes.com.

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