The Walrus - - LETTERS -

Jonathan Kay’s fo­ray into the world of stock pho­tog­ra­phy was in­ter­est­ing and amus­ing (“My Generic Side,” May). The line that caught my at­ten­tion, how­ever, was the ref­er­ence to the over­abun­dance of dig­i­tal pho­tos and the fact that many users “just steal what they want from the web.” I won­der how of­ten news or­ga­ni­za­tions take ad­van­tage of by­s­tanders who hap­pen to cap­ture a unique event with their smart­phone and post it on­line. It seems we are now con­stantly ex­posed to pho­tos pro­duced by ama­teurs who have no con­cept of their images’ value, and many me­dia groups have closed their pho­to­jour­nal­ism de­part­ments in part be­cause of the avail­abil­ity of so much free pho­tog­ra­phy.

Ge­orge Dun­bar Toronto, ON

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