Hipstamatic Controversy?

New York Times photographer Damon Winters has come under criticism lately for using his cell phone and the Hipstamatic app to take a series of photos of US troops deployed in combat overseas.

For the life of me, I can’t see why. Since when have photographs not been manipulated? Even in the olden days of film you could wildly distort reality with exposure times, manipulation during developing, cutting, pasting, and on and on. Perhaps everyone has their panties in a bunch because Mr. Winters won third place for feature picture story from Pictures of the Year International?

I say bravo to Mr. Winters for an excellent series of photos honoring an under-recognized group of very brave people: our troops on the front lines.

See the photos and read Mr. Winters’ reaction to the “controversy” here:

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/through-my-eye-not-hipstamatics/

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I am a freelance graphic designer/illustrator/artist living in central South Dakota. I also help run the family cattle ranch (well, mostly I just do the manual labor). I practice a martial art called Kyuki-Do, and I also study Judo and Tai-Chi. I am a big sports fan, favorite teams are the Minnesota Twins & Tennessee Lady Vols. Favorite athlete is Martina Hingis. View all posts by tamikamaria

2 responses to “Hipstamatic Controversy?

  • Polly Hoyt Nance

    Thank you for this post! I feel exactly the same as you… why does it matter if photographs are manipulated… no photograph possesses absolute truth… once people notice a camera, they pose… but you are correct, the greats manipulate their photographs in the same way that PhotoShop or LightRoom allows you to manipulate… Man Ray was a master editor. Great post! I had no idea about the controversy.

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