Fact and Fiction in Modern Photography - NYT

Fact and Fiction in Modern Photography

"The most significant change in photojournalism since the birth of smartphones in the digital era is that it is no longer the news that’s important but the story. It is as subtle a change as it is monumental. Everyone has access to the news, that is, the event that happened, but it is the story, its nuances, layers, intrigues and key drivers that need better understanding. In the past we relied on images from the front line to inform us that there was indeed a situation in distant reaches of the world, but today the citizen or tourist is able to share images that inform us of those events."

This photo of a battlefield in Gettysburg, Pa., in June or July 1863 is believed to have been staged, as were many of the battlefield photographs made during the Civil War