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The Lackawanna Shooter
The New York Times ran this dramatic photo of a young boy of Arabic descent aiming a toy gun outside an Arabian food store in Lackawanna, New York. The scene was near to where an al-Qaeda sleeper cell had allegedly recently operated. The photo was taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Ed Keating. But rival photographers present at the scene accused Keating of staging the shot, claiming he had arranged the scene “like a fashion shoot.” Keating denied the allegations, but was nevertheless forced to resign from the Times.

Links and References
What's wrong with this picture? (Nov/Dec 2002). Columbia Journalism Review.
Photo Categories: Staged Scene, Photojournalism, 2000-2004


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