Have standards reached an all time low, when hacks and paps will stoop to the lowest common denominator to snap celebrities in private or compromising poses? The bottom line is nudity sells, paparazzi etiquette is non existent and there are few controls in place, with a self regulating press standards authority. When you give a bunch of thugs a camera what do you expect! The story of nude photos of the Duchess of Cambridge has now run for weeks and weeks and it is time to bury it and move on. It is also time to think of regulating the press, giving them strict guidelines of what they can and can not publish. The government must bring in higher fines for rogue photographers who seek to damage the reputation of celebrities and members of the public in the news.
The press in the UK has been a self regulatory body for many years. With scandals like the many cases involving the News of The World, who hacked into celebrities and ordinary members of the public’s mobile phones to retrieve messages, changes the goalposts about the issue of self- regulation. It is now likely that former senior members of the editorial staff at NOW will pay the price for bringing the the entire industry into disrepute by going to jail. This will not be enough for a lot of people. What is needed are laws and strict guidelines governing the practices of the tabloid press. The standards have fallen so low that sleaze, corruption and criminality have infiltrated the ranks of once respected newspapers. A few scapegoats put behind bars is not the answer.
It is not going to be an easy ride for daily and weekend publications to break new stories around the clock as they have in the past. The internet has moved into this highly territorial market breaking stories 12 hours before the stories can hit the news stands. The internet is a hub of democracy making it far easier for smaller players to compete with the big boys. It is also the wild west and what is not published in the tabloids or gossip rags will make its way onto the web sometimes instantaneously.
On view, opening earlier this week are a series of historical portraits of the Duchess of Cambridge, feature along with other photographs of the Royal Family, snapped by the internationally renowned photographer Mario Testino between 2003 and 2010 will be shown together for the first time at London’s National Portrait Gallery this October. It includes the official engagement portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge taken in London in 2010. The eight portraits on display include the official engagement portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge taken in London in 2010. The earliest image on display is of HRH The Prince of Wales, from 2003 which was commissioned as an official portrait and another of HRH Prince William, taken in the same year to mark his 21st birthday.
The Exhibition runs at the National Portrait Gallery London from now until the 3 February 2013 and is free tot he public.