In 26-06-2014 John Mueller from Google Webmaster Trends Analyst anounced all author profile Photos to be removed.
Now, Search Result only show Title, Short Description, Author Name and date. Google+ Author Photor and Circle information was remove.
Search Result at moment:
Search Result before Google removes author photo:
Quote from John Mueller’s Anouncement:
We’ve been doing lots of work to clean up the visual design of our search results, in particular creating a better mobile experience and a more consistent design across devices. As a part of this, we’re simplifying the way authorship is shown in mobile and desktop search results, removing the profile photo and circle count. (Our experiments indicate that click-through behavior on this new less-cluttered design is similar to the previous one.)
See it on Google+ : See John Mueller’s Anouncement on Google+
The first thing to note is that Mueller is positioning this as a user experience (UX) decision. That would seem to fit with Google’s “mobile first” strategy. Mobile first is based on the knowledge that mobile will inevitably surpass desktop as the primary way people access the web.
Note: Search Result from Google+ Post still show Author Photo. You can see it:
Google Removes Author Photo and not remove the Image Thumbnail or Video thumbnail from the articles that use structured data.
So that, you can use the structured data and show image, photo and video thumbnails to increate the CTR in search result.
Learning about structured data from http://schema.org/