Thursday, April 9, 2009
Photos Can Lie
"When applied to the photograph, the question, Is it true? means only, Is this a reproduction of a real slice of space-time? If the answer is “Yes,” there are no grounds for argument, for it makes no sense to disagree with an unfaked photograph."
- Neil Postman. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin Books 1985, 2005 edition. pg 73
I think photos can lie. We often believe everything that we see. However, I believe there are a lot of things that we cannot see but need to explore so that we may get closer to the truth of our existence.
"Is it true?' isn't the real question here. "What is the truth?" should be the question.