Segments in this Video

The Power of a Photograph (01:54)


Photographs have power to influence public opinion, national policy, and the courses of international events. They've been used as tools of propaganda and as instruments for social change.

Truth, Ethics, and Photography (03:12)

Do staged or manipulated photographs represent the truth? Truth and ethics in photography is a subject for debate, especially in this new age of digital photo technology.

The Camera Lied (03:13)

A famous photograph illustrates how a single image can misrepresent actual events and cause national and international controversy.

Fictional Photography (02:49)

Digital technology has transformed the art and science of photography, but this revolution has come at a cost: photography is on the decline as a believable medium.

Technology and Responsibility (04:49)

Digital technology has changed how photographers create and display their work. With new technology has come new ethical conduct responsibilities for journalists and artists.

New Imaging Devices (02:22)

What ethical questions should be asked about modern imaging devices that can see through our bodies, identify us from space, and keep us under surveillance at all times?

Photographic Archives (02:46)

Photographers contribute to an archive, a collective memory and record, of the human race and our environment.

Photo Preservation (03:16)

Digital technology will allow us to preserve our collective archive of film based photos, without further degradation, as long as they are well cared for until they can be digitized.

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Truth or Fiction? Photography and Ethics

Part of the Series : The Language of Photography
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Photographs have the potential to present powerful truths—or to create convincing fictions. This program uses case studies involving Iwo Jima, Elian Gonzalez, and O. J. Simpson to show how images can be manipulated to influence the way viewers perceive events. The ethics of photography and the positive and negative impacts of digital technology, which is steadily eroding the border between artistic and documentary photography, are covered. Commentary is provided by photo historian Diana Gaston, former curator at San Francisco Camerawork; Joel Slayton of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media; and others. (27 minutes)

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL30812

ISBN: 978-1-60825-796-6

Copyright date: ©2001

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