cheney.jpgToday, photojournalist David Hume Kennerly takes to The New York Times‘ Lens blog to criticize Newsweek for its use of one of his photos.

The photo in question, which appears in Newsweek‘s September 14 issue, shows former Vice President Dick Cheney cutting meat and is paired with a quote by Cheney from Fox News Sunday regarding CIA interrogators. “By linking that photo with Mr. Cheney’s comment and giving it such prominence, they implied something sinister, macabre, or even evil was going on there,” Kennerly said.

The photographer pointed out that was not the context of the photo he shot, and he claimed Newsweek — where he was formerly contributing editor — had cropped the photo in such a way that denoted darkness or evil:

“I took that photograph at his daughter Liz’s home during a two-day assignment, and was shocked by its usage. The meat on the cutting board wasn’t the only thing butchered. In fact, Newsweek chose to crop out two-thirds of the original photograph, which showed Mrs. Cheney, both of their daughters, and one of their grandchildren, who were also in the kitchen, getting ready for a simple family dinner.

However, Newsweek‘s objective in running the cropped version was to illustrate its editorial point of view, which could only have been done by shifting the content of the image so that readers just saw what the editors wanted them to see. This radical alteration is photo fakery. Newsweek‘s choice to run my picture as a political cartoon not only embarrassed and humiliated me and ridiculed the subject of the picture, but it ultimately denigrated my profession.”

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