Photojournalism: What’s Behind the Image?

Ever wondered what the real story is behind the news photos you see every day? Sometimes photojournalists capture a tense moment with perfect timing, but other times the action is staged.

Recent media buzz over demonstrations in Judea and Samaria raises the question of whether what’s shown is what truly occurred. While images from the scene may often seem violent and dramatic, oftentimes the single shot fails to accurately portray what really happened during a demonstration.

Italian photojournalist Ruben Salvadori realized that media doesn’t always show the big picture while covering Palestinian protests in Judea and Samaria. He explains:

“Sometimes the situation is tense and dangerous, but many other times, the riots are nothing more than groups of young Palestinian kids who, with their face covered, throw rocks and disperse after the first tear gas is shot or go home if no IDF soldier comes.”

Every Friday, he said, he would go to protests with his gas mask, helmet and camera. Watch what he discovered:

The recent demonstrations in Judea and Samaria have been making headlines lately, but these headlines aren’t always the real news.

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