Nine UK newspapers use same protest image on front pages

One Press Association photographer and one window-smashing anarchist will have received a surprise this evening:

Even the Daily Express gives the image prominence …

… next to a larger picture of Carol Vorderman, of course!


  1. RichS
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Actually, sorry to be a pedant (not really!), but the Guardian has a slightly different image.

  2. Posted November 11, 2010 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    @RichS: Yeah, I noticed that. Would be interesting to find out whether that’s the same photographer or one alongside him/her.

  3. Posted November 11, 2010 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    Sod the riot, I’m more interested in the Cream Cake Diet – AT LAST, it is here!

    Thank the lord for the Express.

  4. Kristian
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    The Guardian have photoshopped the other guy out of the image, that’s all.

  5. Posted November 11, 2010 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Nah, the guy’s handa are in different possitions on the Guardian one: it’s a different photo. Perhaps the next in a series?

  6. Posted November 11, 2010 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    More perpendicular, too, with more fire showing under his kicking leg. Maybe he was standing to the left of the more popular photographer?

  7. Phil
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    BBC has the same image with the right hand edge uncropped. Its surrounded by press photographers. Set up, or at least someone impressionable being egged on perhaps?

  8. Posted November 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    a great pay day for the photographer!

  9. Posted November 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    a great ‘pay day’ for the photographer

  10. Posted November 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Okay, colour me cynical. But this is being portrayed as a riot by the press right? Then why are all the people in the background holding cameras? This looks more and more like a staged photo-op than anything else.

    If it was a riot, where are the rioters? I can only see one. This is a set up. The composition is too good for it to be anything but staged.

  11. Andy
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Notice the wide cordon aroun the ‘protestor’, behind which are the crowds of…photographers. Sometimes it seems there’s more press than protestors at these events.

  12. Posted November 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    If you cross your eyes and focus the Guardian and Mail’s front pages together you get a lovely 3D view of the riots.

  13. Ciaran
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    The Express one looks different to the others too, there’s more crowd at the bottom and the guy behind the main guy isn’t there. It might be the same as the Guardian one though, too small to tell.

  14. Martin
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Did it not happen then? Is it all a media plot to tarnish students?

  15. loppy
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    It wasn’t stage the Paps are always on the front line in roits

  16. miriam orr
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Agent Provocateur so blatant. Now the Police will once again be able to use heavy handed tactics. This violence takes all thoughts away about the real issues. Divide and conquer same old rules. Now what would the headlines of been if that incident had not happened

  17. Posted November 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    We’ve got a couple of posts analysing the media coverage over at POLIS if you are interested.
    Charlie Beckett

  18. Mark Hanson
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Good spot and not unusual for all the press to use exactly the same image – you can usually spot on the evening news which picture will be in all the next day’s papers.

    Also, sadly, we could have predicted that the press would have told the story from a frame of young people out of control; something the largely 50+ newspaper audience should be frightened of.

    A bit like rising house prices always being portrayed as a good thing!

  19. Helen
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    My husband Dom took the shot that featured on many of the front pages this morning. The Guardian snap was taken by a photographer stood next to him, and you can see the back of Dom’s head in the pic on the front of the Express, so unless he has some impressive skills as a contortionist that he hasn’t told me about, then I suspect it wasn’t his either. It was still a proud day in the Lipinski household (although as he’s a staff photographer not any more financially rewarding than any other day…)

  20. Ollie
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Hey Helen, what was your husbands take on the violence?

  21. Barney
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    We don’t know whether the window-smasher is an anarchist or not, so please don’t call them that. Although many anarchists would probably be prepared to do something like this, so would many other people with a range of political viewpoints, or with no defined overall political viewpoint.

    Anarchism is not simply the practice of smashing stuff.

  22. Posted November 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Hope you don’t mind I linked your article from my blog post. This photograph is even more hilarious considering the surrounding area which had people breaking out flasks, wondering where they could get their coach from, and shuffling down the street to get a pastry before watching the speeches.

  23. Catherine
    Posted December 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Are the student photos air-brushed “like” the ones of Carole Vorderman???

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  • Follow us on Twitter