Blog Question #4: Photo-Manipulation in the Digital Age

Did this chapter change your view of photographs in the digital age?
Why or why not? Give a specific image example & link to it.

Reflection on Chapter 2 & Digital Manipulation, Truth, & Reality – After Photography by Fred Ritchen


With Ethics what is the difference between being “Fair & Accurate” and Photographic Truth?

Ethics in the Age of Digital Photography
from the National Press Photographers Association

Art Photograph by Anthony Goicolea

Photographer, sculptor and video artist Anthony Goicolea acts as the main character in fictional settings. This is an example of how artists are using digital manipulation to create work that examines manipulation in life such as genetic engineering and cloning.



4 thoughts on “Blog Question #4: Photo-Manipulation in the Digital Age

  1. Megan says:

    I don’t think this chapter changed my view of photographs in the digital age. That started happening many years ago as I got better at using Adobe Photoshop and thus realized the depths of its power.

    However there was something that really gave me an “a-ha” sort of moment last summer. I read it on the Huffington Post website. It was about “The Economist” photoshopping a picture of President Obama looking over the Gulf Coast after an oil spill. I remember being absolutely shocked and disillusioned that a publication as high brow and esteemed as “The Economist” would dare alter a photograph so drastically that it could change the interpretation of the photograph. To me, that seemed to break an ethical code of journalism that further reinforced my own experiences and opinions of the business which is, it’s all propaganda.

  2. Amanda H. says:

    It really hasn’t changed how I feel about images. After I learned how much manipulation has gone on with film and that process and how often many photographers manipulate their subjects I realise we just have different tools today.

    How those tools are used and how we read the meaning behind them is up to us as photographers and us as observers. At some point a shift will occur, public awareness and pressure will promote clearer boundaries. Although our need for drama and shock in our media may drive it the other way…

  3. Robby says:

    I’d have to say that this did not change my interpretation of photographs today because I already knew photos were and still are manipulated to convey a more clear cut meaning about a subject.

    In the link below Fox News alters two images of journalists to deliberately make them look worse for their news program. Fox News yellowed the teeth, stretched the ears out, and even created bags under their eyes to make these people look bad on national television.

  4. nahom s. says:

    I don’t think that digital manipulation’s manifestation was intended to effect us negatively, i’ll expand on that momentarily, the images that are manipulated today cause for a massive amount of conditioning abroad, the way i see it the intentions were always pure,but we often find ourselves distressed of how the picture that is being presented doesn’t agree with the presentation of how we see ourselves. you know those morning’s when you wake up and you instantly recognize the person in the mirror as yourself and no one else and we come to identify that as truth and then moments later after tedious preparation of how one likes too see themselves we take a picture and feel discontented with how the picture supposedly captures the essence of who you are, but the picture of how you see yourself is different, the resemblance isn’t quite the same as the reflection you see inside your head.

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