Perhaps it has always gone, but it doesn’t make it right. It’s when photojournalists feel the need to get their own agenda across in difficult areas. I remember when I was covering the Tsunami in Sri Lanka and I came across a child’s stuffed bear laying in the rubble. Thousands had been swept out to sea right in this one location, and I could have placed the bear in a better position to get a more powerful message across…but I didn’t.
When war photojournalism is done correctly, there is no question if it is real, you just know in your gut.