World Press Photo’s Inaccurate Statements and Fragmented Investigation

(For the first part of this reporting please check here)

Ramin Talaie
Mar 13, 2017 · 9 min read

Fact: Aside from Fatemi, WPP has contacted some of the same witnesses I had provided to them, but not all.

Fact: The evidence comes directly from witnesses not merely other Iranian photographers.


Nahal — Pool Party Subject

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Screengrab of the Fatemi image under discussion.
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Screengrab of text messages between WPP jury member Santiago Lyon and Nahal, a subject of Fatemi’s photography.
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Felix Features, a Panos affiliate, still with image for sale at the beginning of March. The image has since been removed from sale.

Fact: Nahal’s safety and privacy concerns, however overstated, have been disregarded by almost everyone in this process.


Mino — Nude Photos

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Left: Hossein Fatemi, Right: Ali

Fact: Contacting this subject would have brought WPP much closer to the truth.

Fact: According to Mino’s own accounts, she has never been a prostitute and was separated from her only child at the time of the photo shoot.

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Screengrab from Panos Pictures’ website of a Hossein Fatemi photo with a disputed caption.

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Perspectives on Visual Storytelling

Ramin Talaie

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Film, Photography, & Creativity. Curator: @AdobeStock, Director: HalcyonStudio.com, Photographer: RaminTalaie.com, Former adjunct @columbiajourn.

Vantage

Vantage

Perspectives on Visual Storytelling

Ramin Talaie

Written by

Film, Photography, & Creativity. Curator: @AdobeStock, Director: HalcyonStudio.com, Photographer: RaminTalaie.com, Former adjunct @columbiajourn.

Vantage

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Perspectives on Visual Storytelling

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