Paul Hansen, the photojournalist at the center of the Fabienne Cherisma debate, has won top honors at the World Press Photo awards. Given his questionable role in repositioning Cherisma’s body before photographing it (or allowing it to be moved in his presence and then knowingly photographing it afterward), one might wonder about the authenticity of his award-winning Gaza photograph (seen above). It all makes this skeptical author wonder: Does staging news photographs win you awards?
Update (March 1, 2013): A commenter on my previous post provided the link to the photograph below, reportedly taken by another photographer at the same event. It certainly looks more “real” than Hansen’s version. But this begs the question: Is it ever permissible for a news photographer to manipulate his image after the fact, such as using Photoshop to tweak the lighting of the original scene, as some have asserted that Hansen had done?
Update (May 14, 2013): Today The Huffington Post is reporting that analysis of Hansen’s “Gaza” photograph has revealed that he produced it from different image files. You can read about it here.
Sources: msnbc, photographyblog.com, World Press Photo, Paul Hansen