Two Dimensions of Photo Manipulation: Correction and Corruption

Edward Spence, Mathew Quinn

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The digitisation of news photography brought a myriad of advantages to photojournalists, but it also created ethical challenges because photographic deception is more expeditious and less transparent. This paper explores the ethics of computer-based photo manipulation within this latest evolution of imaging. Furthermore, the paper will explore whether photo manipulation, computer generated or otherwise, is not only unethical but also constitutes corruption. Ultimately, a solution is offered that exploits one of computers' best attributes ' consistency in measuring objective visual data ' but decries subjective interpretation that results in inaccurate and inconsistent imaging thus untrustworthy and immoral reportage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-60
Number of pages17
JournalAustralian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


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