My response to the debacle of staged photojournalism images
Now that this topic is gaining traction and discussions are ensuing as a result of the NYT Lens blog, the question that’s being asked now over on F-Stoppers is this:
It can be but my response to this is simple and straight forward in regaining that trust: Quit staging your photos people!
If you call yourself a photojournalist, then be one (especially as a documentary photographer) — quit passing yourself off as one when in reality you’re an editorial photographer (there is a difference in their ethics of creating images).
You want to understand how to become a part of the solution instead of the problem? Look at the works of what I believe are some of the masters of the craft and profession: David Alan Harvey, David Burnett, William Albert Allard, Maggie Steber… the list can go on and on.
The bottom line is simple and I am reiterating it: Quit staging your photos — your missing some shot that you feel needs to be recreated isn’t worth it.
Never has, never will.