Looking at your story on the upcoming Sugar Maple fest ("That old-time religion"), I first thought to myself, "Wow, look at that neat left-handed 5-string Mike Seeger's holding!". Then I thought, "Wait a minute, Seeger's not left-handed, is he ?!?". Then I realized it was probably just another occasion of some graphics person flipping a photo to satisfy some sense they have that it looks better that way in terms of its placement on the page and in relation to the headline and body text.
I always find this weird, particularly when it's accompanying a story about music and musicians, and when it's a photo of a well-known musician with their instrument. A musician's handedness is part of who they are. The setup of their instrument is part of how they do what they do. Flipping a photo of them does not produce an interchangeably equivalent image. (It subtly changes faces, too...). Accuracy in photojournalism ought to trump concerns about the overall "look" of a graphic in relation to the page.
You can see a version of the original image, which your graphics person "flipped", here:www.modernguitars.com/archives/003776.html This is what Mike Seeger and his banjo look like:
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jjoyce wrote:The art director tells me this is how the photo came to us, presumably from an agency. The only alteration Isthmus made was to the color.
Yeah, well. I notice that in this week's Onion, with their little blurb about Sugar Maple, they've got this same photo of Mike Seeger -- and it's printed in the correct orientation.
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