Without knowing it, the Los Angeles Times published a doctored photo on its front page on Monday, March 31. A front-page "Editor's Note" in today's paper (Wednesday, April 2) said, in part: A thumbnail of the doctored photo is at http://www.latimes.com/media/thumbnails/blurb/2003-04/7243124.jpg. The man behind the soldier's knee is the same man at the left of the photo. Free registration is required to view the Editor's Note at the L. A. Times website. It can be retrieved by searching for "Walski photograph" and clicking on "Editor's Note (04/02/03)". According to foto8.com, Brian Walski has been a newspaper photographer since 1980 and has worked as a staff photographer at the Albuquerque Journal, the Patriot-Ledger, the Boston Herald, and the Los Angeles Times (since 1998). His Kashmir: A Vale of Tears photos are wonderful. We all know how easy it is to modify a photo or merge two photos. In this case, it was done to improve the look of a news photo. Should we be shocked that a doctored photo made the front page, or was it "no harm, no foul"? How often does this happen without being noticed? Should we care more about the motive and less about the amount of touchup? I have mixed feelings about this and would like to hear others' opinions.