Photo Festival Drops Text From Exhibit, Citing AP Objections
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Organizers of an upcoming photography exhibition in the Netherlands depicting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict removed a text essay from the exhibition because, they say, of objections from the Associated Press, which supplied some of the pictures

 

Organizers of an upcoming photography exhibition in the Netherlands depicting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict removed a text essay from the exhibition because, they say, of objections from the Associated Press, which supplied some of the pictures.

The essay, written by British photojournalist Stuart Franklin, reportedly describes Palestinians as victims of disproportionate force by Israel. According to the AP, it agreed to provide photographs for a nonpolitical photo show but felt that Franklin's essay supported a political position and was therefore unacceptable. An AP spokesman said festival organizers voluntarily withdrew the text after a series of e-mails with the news agency. The exhibit, titled "Point of No Return," is one of six in this year's Noorderlicht International Photofestival, which starts September 5. Franklin selected images from 11 photographers who shoot for four wire services, and based on his visit to the Gaza Strip, he wrote a 700-word essay about the recent history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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