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Printing/taking photos of open caskets

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Hank_Scorpio, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Saw some AP photos of Chris Henry's funeral on Yahoo.

    Is it a recent thing that they started taking photos showing the body? I don't remember them doing that much in the past.

    Is that something that should be done? Or do people view it as too creepy? Or should it be a case by case basis?

    Here's a link to the story. There's a four photo slideshow on the left side.
  2. I don't know if that's a new thing, or an old thing. But something about it just strikes me as wrong.
  3. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I wonder if the Cinci Enquirer will use those in the print edition.
  4. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    His arm must be healed. I noticed his cast was gone.
  5. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Very tastefully done photos. Funeral pictures of prominent individuals isn't anything new.
  6. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    I got a token for the HellExpress for laughing at this.
  7. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Actually, I think reports were that the cast had been taken off his arm for some time.
    Six, your token IS STILL good should you decide to use it.
  8. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    No - you need to listen to the 911 call.
  9. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Open-casket photos in the paper have been around for a while, as long as it's not gruesome. For instance, I saw one of Herman Goering on microfilm when I was doing research the other day. On the other hand, I doubt many papers ran Emmett Till's open-casket photo.
  10. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Goering's photo was shown because he committed suicide the night before he was to be hanged, and the powers-that-were wanted to ensure there wouldn't be any rumours about his still being alive.
  11. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    I do not want to sound racist with this, but often black people bring cameras when approaching the casket while paying respects at a funeral. And they take pictures.

    Nothing wrong with that, but I would not do it or run it. I can also see why it would be available online - with the family's consent of course.
  12. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Same here.

    I understand why they took the photos, but even tastefully done, it just seems wrong.
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