How the wire services use bars in their images to promote the Palestinian narrative of suffering and the impression of Palestinians as “prisoners” of Israeli brutality.
Wire service photographers use clever photographic techniques to present a false impression that enhances images of Palestinian “suffering”.
The use of bars in such images is a widespread method of portraying Palestinians as “prisoners” of Israeli occupation and brutality.
For example, The Independent chose to illustrate the story below with an image from AFP/Getty. The caption:
Children join the protest in Gaza City yesterday as Palestinians demanded an end to the siege.
The same children appear in the remaining two images from the sequence, again highlighting how the entire event was staged. The same technique of shooting from below and to the side is employed to give the impression that there are actually more people involved than the reality.
Bars and wires were a common theme during the course of this three-month study, some examples of which we have included below.