laif-position on "Weltwoche"
The Swiss „Weltwoche“ has misused a feature photograph by our photographer Livio Mancini/Redux about the inhumane life of Roma children on a waste disposal site in Kosovo for an illustration of an article about alleged raids of Roma children in Switzerland in its current issue. This use is distorting, altered the truth and reversed the meaning of the photograph in its opposite.
laif appeals to all picture departments to use documentary photographs not for illustrative purposes outside their context as this could lead to distorting uses. We live in a world that is more and more visual oriented. Therefor, we need visual ethics, that is obligated to express the real meaning of the photographs and the intention of the photographer.
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