07 Jun Can an Image Forgery Win Pulitzer?
Another famous case of digital image manipulation is this widely published photograph taken during the 2003 Iraq war.
Brian Walski, who was covering the war for the Los Angeles Times, combined two of his Iraqi photographs into one to improve the composition and to create a more interesting image. The image shows an armed British soldier and Iraqi civilians under hostile fire in Basra. The soldier is gesturing at the civilians and urging them to seek cover. The standing man holding a young child in his arms seems to look at the soldier imploringly. It is the kind of picture that wins a Pulitzer. The tampering was discovered by an editor at The Hartford Courant, who noticed that some background people appeared twice in the photograph. It ended with the photographer being fired.