Have you seen this picture and report?A Face in the Smoke?

  1. A Face in the Smoke?
    Story by Susan Wells and Jack Maher September 17, 2001 - 3:04pm

    A couple of still photographs of Tuesday's attack have gotten a lot of attention from the public.

    One of the photos is from the Associated Press and the other from CNN. Many claim they see a strange shape in the clouds of smoke in the photos. They say they can see eyes, a nose, a mouth and horns.

    CNN has not commented, but the AP says the photo was untouched and unaltered.

    We've gotten an incredible amount of response to these pictures.

  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   prn nurse
    HOKEY !!
  4. by   kewlnurse
    Like I said before, looks like the cowardly lion.
  5. by   donmurray
    No, the one on the left is definitely Jar Jar Binks!
  6. by   misti_z
    Well I got it all wrong then, I thought it was the Michelin Man.
  7. by   Q.
    I got one word for that:

  8. by   rncountry
    From rumorwatch at about.com

    Image in the Smoke

    By Kenny Irby
    Group Leader, Visual Journalism

    Click for larger version -- Mark D. Phillips/AP
    Seeing may not be believing anymore.

    Especially in this age of digital manipulation and computer retouching. Upon seeing the Associated Press photo by Mark D. Phillips, some photo editors and readers alike could not believe what they were seeing. Where they the victims of a trompe l' oeil, (a trick of the eye) or something more?

    Obsensibly, AP Photo NY 142 on Tuesday, September 11 showed plumes of smoke pouring from the World Trade Center buildings after two planes crashed into the upper floors.

    Yet, upon closer inspection, some readers saw something else in the photograph. Some called local newspapers and wrote emails to web sites asking if the photo had been manipulated. "Members did inquire about the transmission and some saw the devil's face in the picture," said John E. Hall, Bureau Chief/Photo for the AP office in Washington, DC.

    Some photo editors and readers saw an odd, face-like shape in the smoke. They said they could identify eyes, a nose, a mouth and horns in the black and gray clouds. Some asked if the photo had been manipulated to include a satanic face or an image of Osama bin Laden.

    Jack Stokes, Media Relations Manager in AP's Corporate Communications office , said: "The AP has had numerous request about the smoke photo." He said the AP stands by the statement of Vin Alabiso, AP vice president and executive photo editor, that the photo had not been manipulated.

    In a story about the controversy, the AP reported:

    The Saginaw (Mich.) News received about 50 calls Wednesday after enlarging the photo to cover almost half the front page in Tuesday's editions, according to reporter Bryce Hoffman.

    "A lot of them asked if we doctored the photo," Hoffman said. "Some asked if we superimposed a human face on it. We've had some people ask if it was God. We've had some people ask if it was Satan. We've had requests for reprints."

    Bill Decker, metro editor of The Daily Advertiser of Lafayette, La., ran the photo across nearly half of an inside page in one of its special editions Tuesday and received about 20 calls from readers by Wednesday

    Said Alabiso: "Readers were reacting to natural indentations in the smoke clouds. AP has a very strict written policy which prohibits the alteration of the content of a photo in any way,"
    He added: "The smoke in this photo combined with light and shadow has created an image which readers have seen in different ways."