Truth in photography

Fred Ritchin has an essay on the future of photography, and how it may become more truthful. Exhibit A of how it isn’t completely truthful today:

That’s the same photo, taken of Marines in Haiti, from different perspectives. The first makes it look like the soldiers are heroically in the heat of battle. The second reveals it was a photo op. Shots like the first one may not be able to get out in the future:

The curious reader [of the future], however, might want to place the computer cursor on the image. Another photograph appears from beneath it; it is of the same scene but from another vantage point…

A multiperspectival strategy would help devalue spin…. Photo opportunities could be continuously shown for what they are, until media managers grow tired of putting them on.

More photos here.


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