New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan has followed up on her May 13 post about photo standards in T Magazine following editor Deborah Needleman's Photoshopping comments.
In the May 13 post, Needleman said she thought a cover model was too thin and "considered adding some fat to her with Photoshop," drawing some criticism from readers and other journalists, Sullivan wrote. The verdict: News photos can't be altered, but fashion photos are held to a different standard -- and editors at the Times "are confident that readers know the difference."
“That is inviolate, and the standards are very clear,” Michele McNally, assistant managing editor for photography, told me. The Times does not stage news photographs, or alter them digitally. (more...)