Concerning Steve McCurry;
“He bears the responsibility to uphold the ethical standards of his peers and the public, who see him as a photojournalist” – Sean D. Elliot
I’m sure most photo-cognoscenti are nodding in complete agreement. What is not to agree with, once a journalist always a journalist. No free will or growth just stay in the box.
No doubt most people with a halfway serious interest in photography have an opinion about the McCurry photo manipulation ‘controversy’. All I can do is shake my head at the sniping as people fall over one another to reach the height or depth of condemnation for his poor misguided ways. It is pure internet nonsense. Just slice and dice the gentleman because everyone else is doing it. I venture to say that most people who are crowing don’t really give a damn about his indiscretions.
More amusing is that some of the negative comments about Mr. McCurry are really just people flogging the dead horse about the evils of digital photography. The subtext is that we told you this would happen. Just go back to real photography and forget about this digital stuff.
Change is a constant in our lives. Hopefully intellectual and personal growth also occurs over time. One day you may find the box you were so comfortable working in has become constricting. Hopefully when that happens you are not required to petition your peers for permission to step out of the box.