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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti Photo: Home is all rubble now. How it spread from a cellphone, to twitpic, to twitter, to Getty, AFP and more.

Metro Front Page: Hsiti rocked by massive quake

I saw this image from Haiti in a copy of yesterday's Metro newspaper. It's the newpaper that you pick up on the subway.

The caption read, "A Twitter image purportedly shows Haitians standing amid rubble yesterday in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake."

There was no credit given to the photographer.

That annoys me.

Twitter image
Twitter does not host images, so the image was found VIA twitter, but was actually posted elsewhere. It's not really a twitter image. Is it?

Username
Where was the twitter username?

That's like TV stations crediting videos that they take off of YouTube as "YouTube video." There is a user name associated with the video. Credit them!

Image Credit
So back to this photo. The photo had an image credit of AFP/Getty Images, so I started a search and found this.


GETTY Images
This image obtained from Twitter purportedly shows Haitians standing amid rubble on January 12, 2010 in Port-au-Prince after a huge quake measuring 7.0 rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, toppling buildings and causing widespread damage and panic, officials and AFP witnesses said. A tsunami alert was immediately issued for the Caribbean region after the earthquake struck at 2153 GMT. AFP PHOTO / TWITTER == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / NO SALES == (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Then I found this on AFP:


AFP
HAITI, Port-au-Prince : ------ EDITORS NOTE ----- ADDING NAME OF PHOTOGRAPHER -----

This image obtained from Twitter purportedly shows Haitians standing amid rubble on January 12, 2010 in Port-au-Prince after a huge quake measuring 7.0 rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, toppling buildings and causing widespread damage and panic, officials and AFP witnesses said. A tsunami alert was immediately issued for the Caribbean region after the earthquake struck at 2153 GMT. AFP PHOTO / CAREL PEDRE == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / NO SALES ==

Credit
AFP
Source
AFP
Creation date
2010-01-13 00:36 +00:00
Photographer
CAREL PEDRE
They determined the photographer's name and added it to the AFP site, but that doesn't help for all the places it went uncredited.

Next is the local TV station which has a credit for the photographer.



WCVB
Credit: AP Photo / Carel Pedre

CT Post also credits the photographer.



CTPOST
This photo provided by Carel Pedre shows people running past rubble of a damaged building in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. The largest earthquake ever recorded in the area shook Haiti on Tuesday, collapsing a hospital where people screamed for help. Photo: Carel Pedre / AP

Mashable reports on the source of the image. Twitter posts by Marvin Addy of cellphone photos taken by Carel Pedre.

Nice job Mashable.


Mashable - Haiti Earthquake: Twitter Pictures Sweep Across the Web [PHOTOS]:
An outpouring of well wishes and support for the Haitian people has swept the web in the wake of a devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. And just like during the Eureka earthquake, tweets have quickly spread moving and gut-wrenching TwitPics of the disaster.

Photos taken by journalist @CarelPedre on his mobile phone are providing a glimpse into the devastation that has slammed the Caribbean nation. Another Twitter user, @MarvinAdy, shared those pictures through TwitPic, resulting in tens of thousands of views and countless retweets.

Here's Carel Pedre's twitter page and websites...


Carel Pedre on Twitter
Carel Pedre Official Site
Carel Pedre on Flickr

Here's Marvin Ady's posting on TwitPic.


@MarvinAdy

It's interesting to read the comments and see all the news outlets asking for photos.


Marvin Ady TwitPic Comments

This is the state of news.

Real time direct reports from people at the scene using social media tools like twitter, twitpic, flickr and more.

Update:

TF1 News - Carel Pedre, the eyes of Haiti: [ Transated from French ]
Soon after the quake, it is clear the streets, going door to door to check how will his friends and collect the testimonies of those who have lost everything. With his mobile phone, it takes pictures that he sends her Twitter service via TwitPic. CNN publishes on its website. "Honestly, these pictures are not representative of the extent of damage," says Carel Pedre, live on the big American chain. Among the first eyewitness of the catastrophe, his photos are taken by the agencies and published in U.S. newspapers. One of them is including a prestigious Washington Post.

13 comments:

  1. I watched that same image emerge several different locations as well..and so many didn't have the credits as you've pointed out. I wondered too who took this..thank you for knowing how to trace it back. I'm now following those you've cited. Grateful for your discerning thought that knew to give Carel Pedre and Marvin Ady appropriate credit.

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  2. I also want to thank you for tracking this down. There was just something particularly haunting about that image. I first saw it as a Twitpic, posted it on the Boston Haitian Reporter site. I've changed the credit there to Pedre.

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  3. As a 4th year photography undergraduate student about to graduate, the state of the news offends me. Twitter pictures as headlines??? I think we should allow the twitter-ers to write the news as well. Then no one will have a job! Ha!

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  4. Very interesting post. News gathering is changing in modern times, which has its pros and its cons. This post highlighted this as clearly as I have seen anywhere. Thanks for the thought provoking post.

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  5. Interesting post and great research. I had the same thing happen to me recently - on a local level, but still it was a big let down to see my work spread around without proper credit.

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  6. So Getty Images grabs pictures off of TwitPic and sells licenses to them on their website without knowing who the photographer is? Sounds kinda shady to me.

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