Caught 'in the black'
It seems that Stepan Rudik went a few steps too far when he submitted this photograph as part of a portfolio for this year’s World Press Photo Award. He was disqualified after it was found that he had digitally manipulated the image.
The latest edition of the British Journal of Photography (BJP) magazine – which has now been revamped as a top-quality monthly publication – has an excellent article about this case. It will be of interest to those who are concerned with the ethical implications of improper digital manipulations, particularly in the genres of documentary and photojournalism.
To be honest, now that I have seen the original image, I am absolutely shocked that Stepan Rudik submitted the doctored photograph. The online edition of BJP also has a page commenting on this photograph. Have a read here and judge for yourself.