More on FAQ #2005
2005. Haven’t lots of famous photographers openly doctored their photographs?
Yes, and their fame proves the point that outside of news settings, the public generally is fine with openly doctored photographs.
Most viewers do not have a problem with “photographs that aren’t presented as being something that they are not.”
But it’s a different story when viewers find out that a photograph they had believed was undoctored was in fact doctored.
Viewers rarely are pleased to make that discovery.
Public perceptions tell the story (the distinction between “B” and “C” is often misunderstood):
A. Plenty of photographers (see the “famous” list) are widely admired for photographs that viewers (accurately) understood to be undoctored.
B. Plenty of photographers (not listed on the “famous” list; see #2 of question #2004) are widely admired for photographs that viewers (accurately) understood to be doctored.
C. But no photographers are widely admired for photographs that were presented as being undoctored but were later revealed to be doctored.