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Unformatted text preview: Jason Lau Refutation and Concession 2/6/12 A fact is defined as something that exists, is real, and is truthful. We human beings live in a factual world, as everything we experience reality upon waking up until we sleep. The auditory sounds we hear, the tangible sensations we feel, and most of all the visual information we record are all factual in the sense that they are what we perceive as reality. Photography when it was invented was unlike any other art form in the sense that it could portray a scene from the real world almost exactly as how the human eye would see it. Because of this aspect of photography, people do not hesitate to accept photographs as fact rather than fiction. What they do not realize is the human influence that occurs when taking a picture interferes with the potential factuality a photograph has. Because of this, photography is not a factual medium of visual communication. Some might argue that photography’s very nature is to represent its subject in a factual manner. Photography does indeed have the ability to communicate accurate visual information to a person. For example, showing a person a photograph of the Eiffel Tower could illustrate and portray it more realistically and directly than any piece of writing or drawing could. This is possible because photographs present subjects as they exist in the world, though they are limited to a single perspective and selected frame. For this reason, photographs are used as evidence in a trial to present visual facts to unfamiliar jury members. They can provide a jury with an experience that they have not experienced. Even photographic genres such as photojournalism focus their whole purpose on complete objectivity. Photojournalists strive to portray a scene as it is, impartially without any bias. Photography is probably one of the most effective forms of visual communication as of now. However, the premise that all photographs are completely reliable sources of visual information is fundamentally incorrect, because it fails to account for the subjectivity that photographers themselves impose on photography. The mere process of taking a photograph makes photography a subjective source of information, because of the standards and judgment photographers impose on their photographs....
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- Spring '08
- photographs, S6, Zürich Hauptbahnhof, Zürich Stadelhofen, Jason Lau