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Kainaz Amaria
David Ake, the AP’s director of photography, told Buzzfeed UK that, under tight deadline, the photographer “cropped it purely on composition grounds”. “He thought the building in the background was distracting,” Ake said.
Vanessa Nakate was excised from image, which also featured Greta Thunberg, ‘purely on composition grounds’ says Associated Press
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Kainaz Amaria Jan 26
Replying to @AP_Images
The editorial negligence here is that the photographer did not understand the implications of his crop. Which frankly I’m not at all surprised about. To my knowledge has not publicly released their diversity numbers - I got this info below from an internal report.
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Kainaz Amaria Jan 26
Replying to @kainazamaria
adding link to the full story here TL;DR Photojournalism is dominated by men. Then white women. The wires have the widest reach and don’t share their diversity data - which makes me wonder if they are even tracking their internal figures. ———>
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Kainaz Amaria Jan 26
Replying to @vikkie
cropping is not a no-no, photogrpahers do it all the time but I this case the crop erased an important voice in the conversation. Again I think the negligence isn’t the crop but that the photogrpaher didn’t understand the implications of what they were doing ...
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Chad (Stevens) Heartwood Jan 26
Replying to @kainazamaria
Composition? What composition? It’s a freaking group shot! The entire group matters!
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Kainaz Amaria Jan 26
Replying to @ChadHeartwood
Chad, come on obvi the black girl and the building were clearly distracting 🤷🏽‍♀️ white girls and mountain tops much better 👍🏽
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Bernadette Tuazon Jan 26
Replying to @kainazamaria
The last paragraph of this story is equally disturbing because anyone coming fresh into the photo may not know immediately there is an issue. Any news organization may just use it when no other updated information is attached to the captions of the image/s.
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T'nt'cleSpaceHorror Jan 26
Replying to @kainazamaria
i get it, building has priority over black girl
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ninaberman Jan 26
Replying to @kainazamaria
Perfect example of why diversity is necessary. The photographer saw her as an obstacle to a better composition instead of an essential person in the frame
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acm Jan 26
Replying to @kainazamaria
I sort of wondered if they did it in part to make Greta's face larger and more recognizeable. but of course, still should be caught by a second think.
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