The BestNovember 9, 2009
So far I have dealt with the photography industry’s dealings with fakes and the people who do them. But one element of the discussion that needs adressing are the exceptionally good photos.
There are a series of photos that will stick with us throughout human existance, and photography is one of the great art forms that is used as a timeline. As discussed this timeline can be manipulated due to changing factors today but there are photos that define truth in our history. Correct ethics and morals have taken photojournalists across the world and have lead us to reach what we can consider ‘the best photography’.
One should ask ones self some questions when debating the clarity of photography.
Why have we trusted photography to this point?
photography has been used as a visual timeline throughout its history and whetehr we realise or not, the public deals with pictures telling the story every day. In magazines we look at the picture first, then the article and in a newspaper we do the same. We are almost conditioned to look at the pictures, and some even prefer just flicking through them. We trust an image in a magazine because its credibility got it to that point and the article usually reflects it. Due to changing technological factors, these elements are slowly shifting, making it harder to apply the same habits to new things. For example alot of people wouldn’t know whether to debate the fakeness or truth behind any given image because we haven’t been fooled so much before and the concept still seems new.
What can a fake picture do to our historical timeline?
A fake picture can seriously damage our historical timeline as Robert Capa’s picture now tells a different story. Not only is the historical referencing different now but the trust in photojournalism during that time is now debatable. The discovery of any fake in our massive database of photos on this planet only further highlights the dishonesty of the industry. Fake pictures will destroy jobs and companies and for an ever changing technological present and future, will blur our historical references to the point of no return.
The following photos are a selection of some of the considered best, and that i personally find very powerful.
The first is Boris Yaro’s photo taken at 12: 15 am, moments after Robert Kennedy was shot walking through the kitchen of The Ambassador Hotel.
The next photo is of the first moon landing, with man walking on another planet for the first time in history.
The picture below was found on an Einsatzguppen German soldier written, ‘The Last Jew of Vinnista’.
The sadening picture below was taken by Kevin Carter, depicting the harsh and tradgegic life of African children.
The picture below was taken moments after the assasination of Martin Luther King on a hotel balcony.