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I got involved in an interesting discussion with a group of big agency news photographers least week. Due to a mixture of concern about “false news” and GDPR instructions had come from photo editors as to what was acceptable news photography and the associated captions. In the future any news photos that had any arrangement (even as far as a request to “look at the camera”) must be marked as a “posed photograph” Comments were made that this would make it difficult to take a good news photograph. Reportage photographs had to be exactly that, caught at the moment with no arrangement. This even impacts art gallery shots. It was now unacceptable to take the standard photo of a gallery curator or assistance posing with a painting. The consensus was that this made going to gallery press days non-viable. It also had an impact of celebrity head shots as they had to be marked as posed photographs at film premiers etc. There was also a discussion about what happens when people pose for photographs without photographer direction. Often at protests I cover the organisers will move people and banners around to give a good shot with no intervention from the photographer. The discussion also covered the forthcoming UK party poetical conferences with a lot of the photographs there posed by party PR - again they had to be marked as posed photographs. I think this is an interesting trend. I do not tend to take posed photos as I prefer to get a raw shot of the protest, demonstration etc. But, I shall be careful to mark captions if I do interact in any photo opportunity.