Photography is real…. or is it?

Photographers have always known that the straight photograph is highly contrived, and tremendously subjective… the audience embraces the myth of photographic truth.

Photography is real…. or is it.

A collection of random thoughts, ideas and research topics surrounding the idea of the perceived reality of the photograph.

Some thing or some place we are subconsciously convinced that the photograph is real. “It is exactly so”…  as the photographic document.

It is an illusion, faked made up distorted… we know that… but we still implicitly believe the image is the photographic record.

It is supposed to be real…

The history of photo manipulation is as old as photography itself. It has a long and persistent reality within the medium.

John Murray 1858… retouched negative. …  More realistic looking than the one he had taken.

Gustav Le Gray…   combined image of sea and sky.

Oscar Reijlaender: More like painting… straddle the two: 30 different negative: ways of light.

leBeuge…

Intended to look like something other than photography: closer relationship to art than photography.

Bauhaus, Dada, Surrealism…

Moholy-Nagy:

Man-Ray  “not to record my dreams, but to realize them.”

Manipulated Images… Ansel Adams.. the photographic purist! or not..? Some double standards perhaps?

He manipulated his images via filters…A recognized and taught process for generations of film photographers.

Filtering B&W….Yellow, Red Filters.. etc.  Adjusting the tonal relationships within the image.

Trulzsch & Lehndorff:

Painted nude on a bail of rags, A body painted into the background… playing with the idea of the two dimensional photographic image and the three dimensional world that the photograph must work with.

>This distortion of dimensions is directly relevant to this 4010 project.

Photographers have always known that the straight photograph is highly contrived, and tremendously subjective… the audience embraces the myth of photographic truth.

Thorel: Manipulated Portraits that barely reflect the sitter…

Ackroyd & Harvey: Grass…images!

“If you look at an object and you look at a photograph of the object, you’re looking at a translation, and it is this area of translation or transformation that we are after. …It is the fact that these images are an illusion that is reinforced by the conventions of photographic realism that interests us. Photography has this veracity to it; the sense of documentation of a reality yet the reality we present is utterly an illusion.” Aziz + Cucher