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Staging, Manipulation and Truth in Photography

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 10:36 AM

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Posted 29 September 2018 - 11:34 AM

Photo manipulation is a part of the spectrum of light from the blue beam...




Where are the altruistic ethics?


4 Ideas from the Photographic Writings of Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes was an immensely influential French thinker who wrote at length about photography throughout his career. He is among the most frequently quoted voices on the subject, and his work offers a solid entry point into the world of photo theory. Barthes’s background was in semiotics, a fancy word for the study of signs and the things that they signify. The majority of his work focused on language, since it is the most common system of signs used to communicate ideas. In his early writing on photography, Barthes studied it the way that he studied language, methodically picking apart advertisements and press photos. Later, he adopted a much more subjective perspective in an attempt to isolate what it is about a photograph that makes it able to affect us in such a strong, personal way.

Much of Barthes’s writing on photography focuses on the deceptively simple task of coming to terms with what makes a photograph a photograph. In contrast to earlier art forms like painting, which has only incrementally changed over thousands of years, photographs, in less than two centuries, have transformed from delicate traces of silver on highly polished, mirror-like plates to heavily manipulated computer files that can be printed on virtually any surface at any size. With this in mind, pinning down exactly what all of the images that we call photographs share in common becomes a somewhat daunting task.

Barthes defines two types of messages characteristic to photographs: denoted messages and connoted messages. The denoted message consists of the knowledge that one acquires from looking at a photograph. This is what such-and-such looks like. A product of photography’s chemical and mechanical nature, it promises a connection to its subject that the painter or sculptor cannot. The denoted message is the objective side of photography—beginning and ending with what the photograph represents. It is the having-been-there aspect of the image. On the other hand, the connoted message consists of the meaning that we add to a photograph. It is the subjective side of photography—what an audience brings to the image. Such-and-such makes me think about…

Barthes was neither the first nor the last writer to take a shot at coming to terms with the photographic image. Much has changed in the photo world since the ’80s. Most notably, writers today have to grapple with the impact of digital technologies on photography, something that was only in its early phases while Barthes was alive. Nevertheless, his work continues to influence generations of artists, critics, and lovers of photography and serves as solid starting point for those interested in photo theory. Agree or disagree with his ideas, his writing promises to get you thinking about photography in ways that you may never have expected.


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 11:48 AM

Directing peoples perceptions using our natural senses.


It's all in the visual presentation of images, words, sounds & psychology ...



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