Our World, Our Say

World-wide commentary on digital photograph credibility

9 comments from 4 countries (and growing)

What do you think about photo credibility? Below are some comments found out there in our connected world, and there’s a place at the bottom where you can express your thoughts. Don’t forget to tell me your country!

[USA] Vince Cerf, Google VP, speaking to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, used the phrase I learned from the Australian National LIbrary staff, “Digital Dark Ages.” He meant that digital content including images is at threat from not continuing to be readable due to lack of snapshots of the hardware and software needed to read them.  But also the degradation of image data over time and multiple moves was discussed, and this is a new aspect of image change we need to keep in mind.

[England] Raymond Purdy, co-founder of Air and Space Evidence Ltd of London Quoted by Paul Marks in World’s First Space Detective Agency Launched, New Scientist 8 October 2014. Air and Space Evidence website:   “Trials have been collapsing because courts cannot be convinced of the authenticity of image data.” [6]

[Canada] Graeme Roy, director of news photography at the Canadian Press Quoted by Madison Farkas in Opinion: Narciso Contreras’ digitally altered photo questions journalistic credibility
“…in my opinion, you have to have rules that protect the validity of the report that you distribute. People have to have faith that the photos that you are distributing are faithful reproductions of exactly what was seen at the time.”

[USA] Sebastian Anthony 13 May 2013 Was the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year faked with Photoshop, or merely manipulated?
Should a photo, especially a press photo, be purely objective? Most people think the answer is an obvious “yes,” but it’s not quite that simple. What if a photo is perfect, except that it’s taken at an odd angle — can you digitally rotate it? What about cropping? What if there’s dust on the lens/sensor/film — can you digitally remove it? Perhaps most importantly, though, cameras simply don’t capture the same gamut of color or dynamic range as human eyes — a photo never looks the same as the original image perceived by your brain. Is it okay for a photographer to modify a picture so that it looks exactly how he remembers the scene? [1]

[Unknown Country] Kim Stephens 29 April 2013 The Work of Disaster Reporting in the Age of Digital Distortion –
Why do people post false information? Maybe people … are out for a minute or more of fame. I, for one, am increasingly leery to ReTweet any photo when an event is unfolding unless I see it on several sources (e.g. on Twitter and also streamed live from a “traditional” local news station). [2]

[USA] Pim Meibosch 21 Nov 2012 Another Syrian Massacre Falsely Recycled as Gaza Tragedy Jewish & Israel News –
The problem for the public is, we can not trust any video or photo anymore. Everybody is using fakes including the CIA. To form a proper opinion is becoming very difficult. [3]

[USA] David Holmes 30 October 2012 Meet the man behind “Is Twitter Wrong?” who helped debunk fake pictures during Hurricane Sandy
…why is it so hard to stop fake photos from spreading? A big problem is less technological and more organizational. While fact-checking has always been a part of a newsroom’s workflow, few organizations have a system in place for vetting social media content. [4]

[USA] Ethics Alarms 28 December 2009  TMZ’s JFK: Fake Photo, Same Ethics Questions  – This reaffirms my conviction that posting a hoax of any kind on the web, whether photo or otherwise, without clearly designating it as such, is unethical. [5]

[Wales] Philip Jones Griffiths We are there with our cameras to record reality. Once we start modifying that which exists, we are robbing photography of its most valuable attribute.



[1] Source of information about country from
[2] I believe that Kim is from the USA as most of her blogs are about USA and the Company listed for her on her Google about page says she is a consultant for Readiness Consulting Services.
[3] Source of information about country from
[4] Source of information about country from pandodaily.
[5] Source of information about country from, (Alexandria, VA).
[6] New Scientist, Issue 2990, p.23 Air and Space Evidence website:


Please add your voice to public opinion about photo credibility! 
Don’t forget to tell us your country!


3 responses to “Our World, Our Say

  1. Corrine Bernal

    June 11, 2014 at 11:00 am


    We saw Gene’s image on your extraordinary site and we are friends from southern California and the U.S. Airforce. Would you kindly contact him on our behalf. The email we have for he and Barbara is no longer deliverable.

    We would appreciate if you would have him email Sam Sussman, his friend from the service, and Sam’s wife, Corrine Bernal. We have been thinking of him often as we drive by their former residence in Fallbrook, CA.

    Additionally, Sam’s phone number in Escondido, CA is 760.749.7649 and his home in La Quinta is 442.400.5070.

    Thank you.

    Sam and Corrine

    • sabrinacaldwell

      June 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Sam and Corrine,

      Thanks for your email. I’m so pleased that my site provided a way for you to find an old friend, especially when he’s my Dad. I’m sure Gene will be thrilled to hear from you. I have forwarded your information on to him and Mom and will check to see they received it when we talk next.



  2. nataliescarberry

    October 13, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for liking one of my posts. Blessings, Natalie 🙂


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