Dark and mysterious BusinessWeek photos
Hal Morris, writing on his Grumpy Editor blog, doesn’t like the dark, black-and-white photos that BusinessWeek chose to illustrate two stories in the latest issue.
Morris wrote, “Adding to the mysterious, top-secret flavor, notes Grumpy Editor, is that each photo contains no caption. Like frames from a foreign film, a ‘dark’ atmosphere is captured by photographer Christopher Anderson in illustrating informative articles, ‘The Fedâ€™s Revolution’ and ‘Street of Fear.’
“Although Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, former Fed Chairman Paul A. Volcker and economists are mentioned in the ‘Revolution’ text, editors selected a somewhat fuzzy dominant photo to lead off ‘the financial crisis.’ It shows an arm with a finger pointing to an unidentified man in an unbuttoned jacket standing in front of a building bearing Wall Street identification.
“Thatâ€™s it.Â Covering almost half of two pages, it supposedly captures the financial crisis on ‘the street.’ Another after-dark photo in that article shows a hatless man in an overcoat (the type Dan Rather wore in CBS overseas assignments) clutching a beverage cup, perhaps coffee from Starbucks, while a woman with a turned-up coat collar approaches as steam obscures a building in the background.Â (Is one of them passing government secrets?)”