Friday, September 12, 2008
Is Photography Dead?
It seems the recurring theme in the article is the fact that the photograph is no longer a source of truth. Plagens writes, "no matter how much darkroom fiddling someone added to a photograph, the picture was, at its core, a record of something real that occurred in front of the camera". But since the 1920s, when composographs were made popular, photography is not as dependable in the sense that you can trust that it is depicting actual events. People can be made to pose in such a form that is used as propaganda for a number of things. But does it really matter that pictures are not to be trusted? Isn't there technology that can tell us if a picture is real or not?