Tuesday, August 29, 2006


A little test. This is the picture of Beirut's unluckiest property owner (aka the Wailing Woman, Flat Fatima etc.) made available to the world via websites such as Yahoo News. How many people can you see in the background?

Now take a look at this original-sized image sent to me by an anonymous emailer (even this one is reduced slightly in quality to fit the constraints of the free hosting site). Click the thumbnail to view:

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Imagine what bloggers would discover if all news images were available at this level of quality.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This week's printed TIME also has a black & white (so arty) photo of a female homeowner wailing on top of the ruins of a building. I couldn't tell if it's the same woman, it's a wide angle shot so she doesn't take up alot of space, but she's in the exact same pose with hands outstretched as in "your" photos. I couldn't find an online version of the pic at TIME's site, or another one that shows a man through a cracked window praying in a damaged mosque that while not necessarily staged is posed like a portrait (i.e. wasn't caught by chance by a wandering photographer).

(P.S. Something that is at the TIME site is a Katrina photo of ruins with a doll on top of a damaged site. No wedding dresses visible, however.)

7:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so what does this show? so there are people in the background?

9:01 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

so what does this show? so there are people in the background?

I was merely showing the extra details visible on high resolution copies of news photographs. Bloggers have discovered many examples of dodgy goings-on in Lebanon with just low-res online photos to work with. Access to original quality images would allow for even greater scrutiny.

7:40 am  

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