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Ex-'Blade' Photog Altered Images Back to 2004 -- but Not Pulitzer Finalist

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Ex-'Blade' Photog Altered Images Back to 2004 -- but Not Pulitzer Finalist

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Allan Detrich, a former photographer for The Blade of Toledo, Ohio who resigned after editors discovered he had altered nearly 80 images since January, apparently doctored several other photos dating back to 2004, editors said.

But the veteran photographer did not change any images that were entered in photo contests during his 18 years at the Blade, including those that won him a Pulitzer Prize finalist nod in 1998.

"We checked anything that was entered in a contest or won a contest and we found nothing," said Assistant Managing Editor Luann Sharp. "But we did find other alterations going back to 2004. We are not going to go back any further because it serves no purpose. We are not going to reprint anything, sell anything or use any of the images."

Detrich, who was a Blade employee since 1989, quit on April 7 after admitting he changed a photo of a local college baseball team, but claimed it had been mistakenly submitted for publication. That photo ran March 31.

When it was discovered that Detrich had altered the image, a Blade review of his work found he had submitted 79 altered images since January, with 58 appearing either in the paper or online.

"I have not altered an image since the incident and never plan to again. …

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