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This piece of work explores the relationship between photography and truth. It is widely believed that photography is a truthful medium but almost since its conception photography has in some way been deceitful. The issue is becoming more and more of a concern as it easier to manipulate an image, which can mean the photograph is telling a different story than the one originally captured. This is particularly a worry within photojournalism, where a photograph is used to depict something that has happened. Therefore the image should mirror the truth. However, this is not the case, we are regularly hearing about images in the news that have been faked in some way. One of the more recent examples is 20% of the images in the penultimate round of judging in World Press Photo 2015 were manipulated in some way which has lead the foundation to review the code of ethics. Due to the deceit in these manipulated images some people have come up with ways to verify an image. One of the leaders in this field, Fred Ritchin, suggested the Four Corners method. This only works with an image that is online each corner has extra pieces of information such as metadata including if it has been manipulated or not, background story, other images taken at the time and other links about the issue.

 

This piece is in response to the different techniques that are used to show the truth in an image but also to give the image more contexts. There are two images I explore one that is manipulated and the other that is completely untouched. I believe more contexts needs to be given with images in the news especially if the image is manipulated. This allows the reader to have the full and unbiased story; otherwise I believe they are being lied to. My aim is to show how much information a photograph should have to give the full story. I focus on four areas of truth within an image metadata, people in the photo, other images taken at the time and other bits of information from the day. Each of these is highlighted with the different colours of string and pins. I also have taken inspiration with the Four Corners method, each cluster of images is my version of it.

 

This may seem an obvious or commonsensical thing to do but this approach hasn’t been accepted by editors of newspapers or magazines. Most photojournalistic images are usually presented on their own in pairs. However, I definitely feel this is something that should be practiced more in news articles. Maybe this could be taken further into other areas of photography where manipulation in photography is a regular occurrence.

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