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22 November 2020 - 00:00 By Elizabeth Sleith

I once worked with an editor who hated what he called "overcooked" photos — those that had been edited in a way that made it clear they'd been edited. A photo should just be a photo, he'd say. Take it, and however it comes out, that's how it is.

Occasionally we'd debate it and I'd ask — not entirely decided myself — "But what about art?" It stands to reason that in hard news, images cannot have been obviously altered. But in travel? We write through a subjective lens; why can't we apply lenses — or filters or shadows or contrasts — to photos too?..

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