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iPhone Photojournalism Causes Aesthetic Controversy

That New York Times staff photographer Damon Winter won third place in Pictures of the Year International’s Feature Picture Story competition for his photo essay A Grunt’s Life isn’t surprising. The series of images shows an eloquent portrayal of daily life in a war zone for US troops in and out of action. But where the images came from is pretty unorthodox for mainstream photojournalism: Winter shot the photos on his iPhone, using the Hipstamatic application as a faux-polaroid filter. The problem is that not all photographers agree that Hipstamatic shots constitute the true depiction of events that photojournalists are always seeking.