Why Do We Trust Photography?

fake photosThe expression, “a picture is worth 1,000 words,” is often attributed to either Napoleon Bonaparte, or Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. This saying is meant to convey the power and impact of a single image in replacing pages of text.

However recent fake photographs from the 2008 Olympics, or the Iranian government show how easy it is to manipulate reality—thereby altering impressions and changing the conversation towards a particular point of view. It’s quite easy to manipulate photographs, so why do we trust them in the first place? read original column


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