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Monday, July 26 2010

Fauxtography Files: Nabi Saleh Photo Opportunism (Again)

This protest in Nabi Saleh is the same old story: small kids at front, soldiers try to negotiate with organizers. With photographers and cameramen in between, protesters push things to the point where they get a confrontation.

And like previously in Nabi Saleh, I'm relying on an activist's video to prove my point.

Compare the video (further down) with these stills: The film shows a rather tame confrontation, but the wire photos suggest something more dramatic. Of course, that's exactly what the organizers wanted. The goal of this protest was to produce wire photos such as images 1, 2, 3, and of course heroic 4.






Now let's see what really happened:

These are the kinds of images that the Palestinians know reinforce Western attitudes about those nasty Israelis. And the Palestinians know how to keep a costant supply of fresh photos available for Big Media.

Related reading: And You Thought Vuvuzelas Were Annoying



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