Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on how photograph manipulation is used to affect society. The red and green colours used tend to capture something far more profound: national identity in the colours of the Italian flag. From Barthes’ perspective, the image captured by the photograph contains embedded symbols and those symbols are all the more significant and persuasive because a photograph alone conveys a message of authentic representations as opposed to manipulations that can be accomplished through a painted picture.
Photography theorist Susan Sontag (1973) more directly alleged that photographic images not only record history but can also alter or ‘invent history’ (p. 67). Photography is, therefore, a subjective art that enables the photographer to manipulate the image captured and how it will be received and interpreted by the audience. The ability to manipulate photographs is no longer limited to lens positioning, lighting, colour, and cropping since today’s digital technologies facilitate a number of photo-shopping capabilities. In addition to misrepresenting history or moments captured by a photograph, photographs have emerged as powerful tools used to manipulate consumer shopping decisions. Photographic manipulation crosses over to the entertainment industry and quite often manipulates news stories to such an extent that what might be news turns into entertainment. Photographic manipulation is also used for political ends, with images being with fashioned in such a way as to manipulate and influence voter choices. At the end of the day, the claim that the ‘camera never lies’ has been turned on its head by evidence to the contrary. indeed, it can legitimately be argued that the camera hardly ever tells the truth (Black and Roberts, 2011).
This paper explores how photographs have been manipulated since the emergence of photography and how these photographic manipulations impact upon society. As revealed thus far, photographic manipulations are used for influencing audience perspectives and eventual behaviour. . .