The documentary filmmaker Errol Morris was profiled recently on NPR over a new book he has out called Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography. The book touches on a recurring controversial topic in photographic circles over photo manipulation and what is the ‘truth’. We tend to think of this as a relatively contemporary issue arising from the use of Photoshop and, more recently, the rise of digital photography. From the perspective of truth however, Morris looks at how historically photo manipulation has been charged for moving or adding objects to a composition. Of course from a purely artistic standpoint, this wouldn’t even be questioned. But from a documentary or journalistic standpoint, it’s much more of an issue. What are your thoughts?
Here’s one from the archives and my first (and so far, only) trip to Italy. This one of the setting sun casting a nice warm glow on the buildings next to the river in Florence, is also used as an example image when I discuss a little bit about Light in my ebook Capturing the Journey: A Beginner’s Guide to the Basics of Travel Photography.
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