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Photographic Truth

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

At the heart of the current discourse on still photography in the digital age remains a concern that the “objective truth” of photographs is threatened as image makers digitally alter images into constructions that bear no relation to the reality from which they were originally taken. It is implied that still photographs deal with objective truth, whereas the digital photograph is freed from such an obligation. If the objective truth is argued to be an obsolete concept, then, by extension, so is the traditional still ...

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