Photography as Evidence.
Lecture: 9th November 2010
As it is getting nearer to the hand in date of the essay, I have re-visited the question that my essay will be based on, this is: Discuss the limitations of photographs in providing a “truthful” image of the “real” world.
During this lecture we have had to take in a lot of information and consider the question carefully.
Photography is considered to have a greater credibility attached to it than other forms of image making, this is because the photographer is present at the time of the event, whereas drawings and paintings can be made after the event and rely heavily on the artists memory and interpretation.
Lewis Hine was an American sociologist and photographer. Hine worked for The Russell Sage Foundation which aimed to work towards the improvement of social and living conditions in America. Here he would photograph children that would be forced to work in factories and mines, in awful conditions, as part of a political campaign to stop the children being used and to get them educated. The images that he produced were used as propaganda. It helped to change the laws on child labour.
In the 21st Century, we are always under some kind of surveillance, whether it be in a Shopping Centre, CCTV on the streets, or even when we travel and have to use our passports.
Sometimes this can be seen as an intrusion into our personal lives and other times it can be used as a great tool to prevent or catch those who have committed a crime, such was the case with the Jamie Bulger kidnappers back in February 1993.
As discussed in the lecture passport photos are not always a good source for detection, as a typical passport will last for 10 years and a persons appearance, hair and weight can alter drastically in that period of time.
To further my research, I shall be looking at Susan Sontag – On Photography.