'Blade' Probe Finds Photog Altered 79 Pictures

By Strupp, Joe | Editor & Publisher, April 15, 2007 | Go to article overview

'Blade' Probe Finds Photog Altered 79 Pictures


Strupp, Joe, Editor & Publisher


Photographer Allan Detrich, who resigned from The Blade of Toledo earlier this month after admitting he had altered a photo that appeared in the paper, had submitted at least 79 photos for publication since the beginning of the year that were digitally altered, with 58 of those either appearing in the paper or on the Blade Web site.

In a "report to readers" Sunday, Blade Editor Ron Royhab revealed the findings of a review that began after it was discovered that a Detrich photo published March 31 had been altered. Detrich resigned April 7 after admitting the change to a photo of the Bluffton University baseball team, but claimed it had been mistakenly submitted for publication.

Royhab's report Sunday said that the paper had reviewed all of Detrich's photos since the beginning of 2007, some 947 images. The review found that Detrich had submitted 79 such altered images, with 27 of those appearing in the paper and online. Additionally, 31 doctored photos appeared only on the Blade Web site.

"The changes Mr. Detrich made included erasing people, tree limbs, utility poles, electrical wires, electrical outlets, and other background elements from photographs. In other cases, he added elements such as tree branches and shrubbery," Royhab explained. "Mr. Detrich also submitted two sports photographs in which items were inserted. In one he added a hockey puck and in the other he added a basketball, each hanging in mid-air. Neither was published."

The Blade also posted three examples on its Web site Sunday of how Detrich altered photos, including the original version of the Bluffton image. …

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