Truth in Photography!:

Every choice made is a reflection of truth.

Every choice made is a reflection of truth.

This Photo is Lying to You: Rob Haggart

View September Issue of OUTSIDE MAGAZINE

A wonderful piece written by Photo Editor Rob Haggart, which certainly highlights that as consumers of both visual and written information, we need to be aware of the facts behind that information.

The reality of photojournalism is that you can walk into any newspaper in the country and given the opportunity to view their hardcopy photo morgue from 30-40 years ago, you will find images manipulated by pencil, pen or marker.

White shirts that were void of detail by overexposure now have crisp sharp collars provided by pen or pencil.

It’s not unheard of that sports photographer who missed the ball could make it magically appear on the easel with the correct size penny, dime or piece of paper provided by a hole-punch.

Miss that wonderful sunset or sparkling firework image?  Just sandwich two images together to make up for the difference or double-print in the darkroom.

We must trust the photographer’s integrity and accuracy of their content; and that of the editors who handle such content.

Set higher goals; ask more questions and do not bend to the pressure of competition. 

Respect for the craft and its readership is the building block to maintain a new generation of subscribers.

I hope Mr. Haggart is wrong in that “Our relationship to photography is not changing.”

My hope is that the “hunger for truth.” has always remained the keystone for journalist throughout the world.

One thought on “Truth in Photography!:

  1. Who’s to say that the images he (ed freeman) makes isn’t his truth. This is how he sees the world in front of him. He is simply showing us-who don’t see things the way he does-his reality. Hence the saying “the artist’s vision.”It isn’t a lie. To him surfing might look as magical and unreal as we see in his images. Sometimes its best we set aside our logic/critical thinking, take a step back, and let our imagination flow. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein

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