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When I import photos to iPhoto, it uses file modification date instead of EXIF Original date. iPhoto's Extended photo info (⌥⌘I) shows no EXIF data. However, when I inspect the file using, there's EXIF information with correct date.

I'm not 100% sure, but I suspect this broke when I upgraded OS X from Snow Leopard to Lion.

I was considering installing iPhoto '11, but I don't really want to pay 12€ just to fix something that used to work properly.

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workaround: you could use jhead -ft <picture> to set the filesystem timestamp to the one contained in the EXIF header.

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