Agree. Even the so-called "quality" papers do it.
Pictures put there like that make me think of a Jack-in-the-box somehow, they just pop up and give you a bit of a fright
although if you'd read the headline before seeing it then I guess by now you may expect it but it seems a bit unnecessary all the same. I'm not sure whats worse, photos like that or ones of him wearing his medals with an equally smug, only perhaps not so directly (ie staring) 'in your face'