A Return to ‘Mr. Gates’: Photography and Objectivity

  title={A Return to ‘Mr. Gates’: Photography and Objectivity},
  author={Kimberly L. Bissell},
  journal={Newspaper Research Journal},
  pages={81 - 93}
Gatekeeping of photography is somewhat subjective and it is a chain of gatekeepers, not just one, that alters photo content. 

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