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    IMO, using a Xpan to cover the asigment was a good choice of the photographer, I think that he give the readers a sense of place, and the decision of the editor to leave the frame suports the photographer deeds. I don't think that the staff at the NY Times expects that the general public knows that the photograph was take with that kind of camera, even a photographer that haven't seen a Xpan full frame in his/her life can't tell it's a Hasselblad Xpan. (sorry for the syntax)
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    The verification border is symbolic of a kind of honesty -- even if it doesn't represent any truth in point of fact. I think it may be an affectation, much like bold headlines. but not as bad as headlines using invented contractions, misspelt words or bad grammer all done to fit the text to the column(s) width or to garner attention opposed to inform. Being up in arms that they used the film rebate as a border instead of a frame border in Quark or inDesign is akin to arguing over which end of the egg should be cracked. My preference is the film rebate. It tells me that there is a physical record of the image and that in having this record we can validate the integrity of the published image. This fits much better with the ethos of journalism than what I'm reading from 2f.

    FWIW I didn't think the image was all that well composed or the best use of the format, but it does show forethought.

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    On second thought and after reviewing the image, I think it is well composed and it does use the format very well. I think what is bothering me is that the head line is centered underneath.

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    If I recall this photo, it was taken years ago, not to illustrate this particular story. It was taken when the President was a law professor at the University of Chicago. That was some time ago, obviously.

    The New York Times does run, with some regularity, X-pan photos taken by one of their staff photographers. Angel Franco is the name that comes to mind, though I may be wrong here. Anyway, I always love seeing them. To me, a good photograph, or an arresting photograph, adds visual interest to the paper. That's part of what makes the physical newspaper an attractive product, at least to my mind.

    -Laura

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