Portfolio 6 - Portfolio#6 John Berger's Another Way of Telling shows the reader all of the intricacies of the photograph as we know it His

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Portfolio #6 John Berger’s Another Way of Telling shows the reader all of the intricacies of the photograph as we know it. His essay, “Appearances” tells of the ambiguousness of a picture, the disconnect between then and now, the truthfulness of photography, and the difference between photography and drawing. All photographs are ambiguous. This is a statement Berger makes in his essay. He says that a picture is ambiguous because it is one instant taken out of its before and after. I don’t believe that you necessarily need to know the before and after to understand a picture completely. Certainly a picture is less ambiguous when you know the context of which it was taken out of. A way to do this is to combine the picture with words. This is a dangerous thing, Berger argues, because once a photograph is used with words, they produce an “effect of certainty.” “All photographs are of the past, yet in them an instant of the past is arrested so that, unlike a lived past, it can never lead to the present.” He says that a picture has
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2008 for the course MC 111 taught by Professor Rohs during the Fall '07 term at Michigan State University.

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Portfolio 6 - Portfolio#6 John Berger's Another Way of Telling shows the reader all of the intricacies of the photograph as we know it His

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