TITLE

Photographers Try to Avoid Staged Moments

AUTHOR(S)
Rios, Luis
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Spring2004, Vol. 58 Issue 1, p39
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the technique in news photography as being used in political campaign coverage in the U.S. Political operatives use increasingly sophisticated techniques to give political candidates favorable media exposure. The result is a lessening of the credibility that newspapers can offer readers in portraying who the candidates are and what their campaigns aim. It is rarely that a major candidate appear without an advance team having prestaged the location. By the time the candidate arrives with the press photographers, there are strategically placed placards with slogans, and either a large or small U.S. flag, and the effect is enhanced by lighting professionals. This preparation makes it impossible to avoid emerging from the event with an image the campaign wants to convey. In most cases, campaign handlers are there to advise photographers what to cover. The impact that news photography has on readers is as vital to a newspaper's mission as are the words its reporters write. According to Joe Elbert of The Washington Post, the constant deadline pressures and daily demands on photograph editors to produce relevant images can leave little or no time for meaningful discussions regarding the photograph's impact on readers.
ACCESSION #
12828441

 

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