Help the Guardian improve its Eyewitness Photograph “Pro tips”

A guest post by AKUS

The Guardian believes it has a role to play in providing useful tips to help photographers improve their skills. It runs a series of “Eyewitness” photographs alongside a “Pro tip” explanation of the manner in which a professional photographer has used his or her viewpoint to increase the impact of image displayed.

Of course, this being the Guardian, it is also a useful way to sneak in a little bit of anti-Israeli propaganda.

Take the “lesson” from Saturday, December 17th, 2011, which as it happens, except for a snapshot from Liege, seems to be the only “Eye-witness” photograph in the last couple of months to show any kind of violence:

Guardian Pro tip accompanying photo above

You have to admire the sheer bloody-minded consistent bias of the Guardian’s editors. Not content with constantly posting articles about Israel devoid of context, they admire how a photographer has created an image “divested of context” designed to show a solitary figure we are obviously supposed to assume is a “Palestinian youth” being bombarded for no particular reason in a huge “assault” of tear gas fired by, we are supposed to assume, a myriad of Israelis.

Surely they could do better than this?  Take the far more dramatic image below from the increasingly violent end to the “Arab Spring” in Cairo from today’s Washington Post:

Here’s my Protip:

World news: Arab world – Egypt – Protest

By framing the scene in this way, with the boy in the foreground pushed to the front of the frame, the photographer has provided the scene with context and emphasised the scale of the violence as the stone-throwing and arson blend into one.

You are welcome to add your suggestions for the Guardian’s editors to consider.

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