Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Photographers' presence influences what's shot

Trep posts video by anthropology student/photographer showing that the presence of photographers influences the behavior of those being photographed.

From Trep's/David Bogner's post:

"This past week there were a lot of attacks on vehicles along the route I take to work. And when I passed the site of one of the more serious attacks, I noticed that the photographers had not finished packing up their gear. There was so much equipment and so many photographers that it looked like a location shoot for a Hollywood movie or TV series.

Here's a photo that appeared in the media after the ambush was wrapped completed for the day:


What the photo shows is an Israeli woman (a school teacher named Zahava Weiss who lives in a community not far from me), being attacked on her way home from work by a bunch of Arab teens. In the photo it is clear that she (like several of the cars before and after her) was attacked with large cut stones and bricks... not harmless pebbles as the apologists and useful idiots would have you believe.

What you don't see is the group of photographers who had received advance notice of the ambush, and who had set up their equipment on the opposite side of the street from the stone/brick throwers... far enough back from the street to avoid being hit by the overthrows and ricochets, but close enough that their high powered lenses could capture every detail of the repeated attacks.

Here's where I my thinking goes sideways.

How can it be that any civilized society can grant actual or de facto immunity to a segment of the population from having to report foreknowledge of violent attacks that can reasonably be assumed will cause damage to property, serious injury and even loss of life?"


Anonymous AliasJoe said...

I believe it is because the media is perceived as being neutral and prosecuting them would be seen as persecution. In reality, the media is squarely on the side of the Palestinian thugs. I wonder what would happen if Israel announced something (to the effect of) "Only photojournalist accompanying Israeli officials will be immune from disciplinary actions. Photographers accompanying those who commit criminal acts will be treated as accomplices to the crime"?

Thu Mar 01, 09:38:00 AM 2012  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Since "the media is perceived as being neutral and prosecuting them would be seen as persecution, " there'd be heck to pay--in the media, of course.

Sun Mar 04, 01:02:00 PM 2012  

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