GEKOZEN FOTO
Chosen picture

I visited the photo editors of two Dutch newspapers, the NRC Handelsblad and de Volkskrant, to see how they select images. How do they talk about news pictures, on what kind of arguments do they base their decisions, what kind of pictures are not chosen? I searched in the wastepaper bins to find rejected pictures and presented them in these publications.

On Tuesday the 18th of april 2006 a very light-hearted picture of cows jumping for joy appeared on the front page of de Volkskrant. I found seven pictures of bomb attacks in Tel Aviv that didn't make it onto the frontpage. I asked the editors why they were not used. They answered that, after a pleasant Easter weekend, they felt that the images were too heavy to start the newspaper with.