Photoshop, journalism, and forensics: Why skepticism may be the best filter for photojournalism

Santiago Lyon and Hany Farid, an expert in the emerging field of digital forensics, were in town last week for a talk at MIT about photojournalism in the age of Photoshop. What the two men share is an interest in establishing systems to ferret out manipulated photos, with Lyon focused on policy while Farid looks to math.  Their differing approaches make sense: Lyon oversees about 300 photographers, and Farid is a computer science professor at Dartmouth.

While they spend a fair amount of their time trying to find ways to combat photo manipulation, they say their bigger concern is our cultural acceptance of that manipulation and the resulting erosion of trust in photojournalism. But here’s the good news: Skepticism being alive and well is not entirely a bad thing.  Read more at: niemanlab.org

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