I’ve seen this several places:
(Click for better look) This copy from here.
Now, not all of them that I’ve seen have had the red circles, and some of them have had three images instead of these two. But they all appear to be from the same source as they look pasted together the exact same way.
My question concerns the wording on the second image: “after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store”.
You don’t find something from somewhere unless you find it elsewhere, do you? As in “we found this bread from the grocery store floating down the street”.
The pictures as presented seem to imply that black people “loot” and white people “find”, but I wonder (sitting here in all my middle-class whiteness) if this isn’t perhaps a hoax.
Did anyone see the original images and captions before they began to be posted everywhere? I looked but had no luck. (see UPDATE below)
Or could this caption mean that the bread and soda is from a local grocery store and that the people found it elsewhere?
Of course, maybe this is exactly what it seems that critics are claiming it is, too.
UPDATE: Okay…not a hoax. I found the pic here and the caption displayed above is correct.
However, after seeing the clearer original at Yahoo, I even wonder if that woman is white. The more I think about it, the dumber this issue seems to me.
Is that just because I’m white, though?
UPDATE 2: Yahoo! News has linked to a statement on the controversy surrounding the captions of these photos which pretty much confirms what I suggested in the comments section. I wrote:
For all we know the reporter that filed pic #1 saw the black guy go into a store and loot it and the reporter that filed pic #2 saw the bread floating out of a smashed store and saw the woman grab it as it went by.
Although the Yahoo! statement is one of the typical nothings you’d expect in this sort of situation, they do link to a few other sites that note the controversy.
The images were both published on Tuesday by Yahoo News. “We don’t edit photo captions,” Yahoo P.R. manager Brian Nelson told Salon. “Sometimes we take a look at the photos and we’ll choose to pull photos, but the captions run as is.” A search of AP and Getty’s image databases confirms that Yahoo News did not alter either of the photo captions before posting them online.
The AP database includes two other images from the same scene by photographer Dave Martin that refer to looters in the captions, though neither actually shows an explicit act of looting. Jack Stokes, AP’s director of media relations, confirmed today that Martin says he witnessed the people in his images looting a grocery store. “He saw the person go into the shop and take the goods,” Stokes said, “and that’s why he wrote ‘looting’ in the caption.”
Santiago Lyon, AP’s director of photography, told Salon that all captions are vetted by editors and are the result of a dialogue between editor and photographer. Lyon said AP’s policy is that each photographer can describe only what he or she actually sees. He added, “When we see people go into businesses and come out with goods, we call it ‘looting.'” On the other hand, he said, “When we just see them carrying things down the road, we call it ‘carrying items.'”
“Carrying items” refers to the third photo that is sometimes included with the two here. Regarding the photo with the “finding” caption:
Regarding the AFP/Getty “finding” photo by Graythen, Getty spokeswoman Bridget Russel said, “This is obviously a big tragedy down there, so we’re being careful with how we credit these photos.” Russel said that Graythen had discussed the image in question with his editor and that if Graythen didn’t witness the two people in the image in the act of looting, then he couldn’t say they were looting.
But if he didn’t witness an act of looting, how did Graythen determine where the items came from, or if they were “found”? “I wish I could tell you,” Russel said. “I haven’t been able to talk to Chris.”
“The only thing I can tell you is they don’t assume one way or another,” she added.
Please stop emailing me on this one.
I wrote the caption about the two people who ‘found’ the items. I believed in my opinion, that they did simply find them, and not ‘looted’ them in the definition of the word. The people were swimming in chest deep water, and there were other people in the water, both white and black. I looked for the best picture. there were a million items floating in the water – we were right near a grocery store that had 5+ feet of water in it. it had no doors. the water was moving, and the stuff was floating away. These people were not ducking into a store and busting down windows to get electronics. They picked up bread and cokes that were floating in the water. They would have floated away anyhow. I wouldn’t have taken in, because I wouldn’t eat anything that’s been in that water. But I’m not homeless. (well, technically I am right now.)
I’m not trying to be politically correct. I’m don’t care if you are white or black. I spent 4 hours on a boat in my parent’s neighborhood shooting, and rescuing people, both black and white, dog and cat. I am a journalist, and a human being – and I see all as such. If you don’t belive me, you can look on Getty today and see the images I shot of real looting today, and you will see white and black people, and they were DEFINATELY looting. And I put that in the caption.
He has lost his home, as have his parents and grandparents. He said don’t bother him about spelling and grammar because he’s eating his first meal in three days.
Unless this turns out to be a fake message, I really think this issue is closed. I realize that those intent upon seeing racism will still see it, but I can’t help that.