Allan Detrich is an American photographer. He was born in Attica, Ohio, and attended the Ohio Institute of Photography in Dayton, Ohio. In 1998 his photo-essay "Children of the Underground" made it to the finals of the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. In 2002 his photograph of a tornado in Tiffin, Ohio was chosen by Time magazine as one of their "Best Photos of the Year."
Detrich worked at the Toledo Blade from 1989-2007. He left the Blade in April 2007 when it was discovered that he had digitally altered a photo that was published on the front page of the March 31, 2007 edition. A subsequent investigation revealed that he had digitally altered and submitted 79 photos during the first 14 weeks of 2007, 58 of which ran either in the Blade or on its website. The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) referred to Detrich as a "serial digital manipulator of news photographs." Since leaving the Blade he has been working as a freelance photographer and in the motion picture industry.
Since 1998 Detrich has been active as a "storm chaser." He spends several weeks each summer studying and photographing tornadoes in the American Great Plains with other enthusiasts. He is also known as a collector of and an expert on the Diana camera.
- Winslow, Ron (2008-04-09). "Toledo Blade's Detrich Resigns Over Digitally Altered Photograph". News Photographer magazine (National Press Photographers Association). Retrieved 2008-05-12.
- Children of the Underground
- Best Photos of the YearTime magazine 2002 Year in Pictures
- Royhab, Ron (2008-04-15). "A basic rule: Newspaper photos must tell the truth". ToledoBlade.com. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
- Toledo Blade Discovers Dozens Of Doctored Detrich Photos
- Allan Detrich Homepage
- The thrill of the chase, the fury of the storm USA Today
- Allan Detrich
- Detrich Collection