On a more serious note… a Perth photographer who was in the Ukraine when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down says the censorship of his work has deprived the victims of having their story told.
Veteran press photographer Bohdan Warchomij, who is of Ukrainian descent, had one of his most graphic photos pixilated without prior consent in the recent WA Press Photographer of the Year Awards exhibition, held at the museum.
Mr Warchomij said the manipulation of an image that shows a female passenger’s leg ripped from her hip in a wheat field silenced the photograph’s powerful message.
Warchomij, who was in the Ukraine when MH17 was shot down almost one year ago, says “censorship” of his photos is an insult to the victims.
“It was censorship and an insult to the people who died, their story deserves to be told,” Mr Warchomij said. “I was horrified by what I was seeing, but I felt I needed to document everything, especially the people.”
The image at right was taken by Magnum photographer Jerome Sessini, also on the ground in the Ukraine. This story was awarded 2015 World Press Photo in the Spot News category.
Warning: the Magnum post also contains disturbing images that should NOT be censored.