Photog Who Snapped Scalia ‘Obscene Gesture’ Picture Cut Loose by Diocese

By: E&P Staff

The photographer who took the now-famous photograph of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia allegedly making an “obscene gesture” after attending mass in Boston on Sunday has been told he will no longer do any work for the Archdiocese of Boston?s newspaper.

Scalia had asked the freelance photographer, Peter Smith, not to publish the photo. Instead, he gave it to the Boston Herald, which put it on its front page on Thursday.

Smith, 51, had freelanced for diocese’s The Pilot newspaper for a decade, but he said yesterday, ?I did the right thing. I did the ethical thing,? according to the Herald. Smith is also an assistant photojournalism professor at Boston University.

The photo shows Scalia flicking his hand under his chin in what he later described as a merely “dismissive” sign. The Herald called it an “obscene gesture,” and stuck to its guns even after Scalia wrote an angry letter to the editor.

The weekly Catholic newspaper made a ?journalistic decision? not to run or release the photo, Archdiocese spokesman Terry Donilon told the Herald. ?Because he breached that trust with the editor, we will no longer engage his services as a freelance photographer,? Donilon said.


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