Now the number has been reduced to 1,000 -- a comprehensible figure that indicates relative, rather than vast and absolute perspective.
Either way, I guess, a picture does often leave all the chit-chat in the shade: The photo of a starving child transmits in a trice, where a disquisition on "starvation" tends to numb with its litany of facts. A visual image doesn't lie ... sort of.
But now, in New York, there is an exhibition of photo images that may be iconic but are also doctored for greater effect.
No longer is the truth enough. There needs to be my vision of the truth. The arrogance of the digital-age is disheartening. When things get serious, your opinion and mine, your vision or horror and mine, can go suck an egg. Photos were once a touchstone for getting a 'true' story. Now, because manipulation is so easy, the 'truth' is not enough.[Michael] Kamber is so troubled by the rise in manipulation of press images that he has co-curated a new exhibition in New York. Altered Images: 150 Years of Posed and Manipulated Documentary Photography reveals more than 40 photos that have been faked, posed or manipulated, from 19th-Century propaganda to 21st-Century digital trickery.
Kamber decided to mount this exhibition after controversy surrounding this year’s World Press Photo competition, in which a fifth of the finalists were disqualified for manipulating their images.The resulting mediocrity of thought and creativity is breath-taking.
True, "let the buyer beware." But is there some emphasis that can likewise be placed on the value of an "honest broker?"