NY Times Apologizes for ‘Staged News Pictures’
Earlier today the New York Times printed a correction for a series of photographs Fred R. Conrad took of the galleries at the Museum of Modern Art. The images accompanied a review by Roberta Smith, published on September 30, of the recently opened “Abstract Expressionist New York: The Big Picture” exhibition.
According to the Times’ editor’s note, people who were pictured in the photographs looking at the exhibition “were museum staff members, who were asked by museum officials to be present in the galleries to provide scale and context for the photographs. The photographer acknowledged using the same procedure in other cases when an exhibition was not yet opened to the public,” the Times’ editors wrote.
According to an email from deputy photography editor Meaghan Looram to PDN, “A reader wrote in asking about the photograph, and that prompted us to review the circumstances.”
Looram did not comment on how the editors are addressing the mistake with Conrad.
“Such staging of news pictures violates The Times’s standards and the photographs should not have been published,” the editor’s letter concluded.