"This is what we have to create if we want to sell." Ruben Salvadori, an anthropologist and photographer, spent months in East Jerusalem, where he initially went as a conflict photographer. Soon, however, his anthropological training kicked in, and he found a subject that was more interesting to him personally: the photographers themselves.
He quickly discovered a subculture beyond the imagery, in which photojournalists are pushed to "seek and create this drama even when the situation lacks it." What's perhaps most interesting is the middle ground between staged and organic that many of these shots tend to be in: though they're not necessarily set up, the presence of a myriad of photographers with large cameras tends to encourage an exaggeration of normal behavior that lends the drama they seek. Now obviously, he nor I are implying that all images are staged or at the very least heavily influenced, but it does illuminate quite a bit how societies driven by sensationalistic media consumption have fed into and been perpetuated by this and certainly encourages the viewer to be discerning in what sort of "truth" they take from a photo. For me, it really makes me wonder where we can find truth. What are your thoughts?