Photography’s birth some 170 years ago promised to take viewers to places they might never see for themselves by showing them truthful renditions of the world. To a great extent the promise was realized, though picture manipulations through the generations have in some cases altered reality and at other times atrociously morphed fact into fiction. Now, the widespread availability of digital technologies has made picture tampering simple even for amateurs. In his presentation, veteran photo editor Hal Buell uses startling historic and contemporary examples to trace the history of picture manipulation from the beginning of photography to today’s magazine and newspaper front pages. He includes nontechnical manipulation that begins in the eye of the photographer. Whatever its purpose or intention, picture manipulation has changed the way we all see photographs and believe — or distrust — what they show us.
Hal Buell has worked on assignment in more than thirty-five countries, and headed the Associated Press Photo Service for twenty-five years, supervising an international staff of 300 photographers. His career in news photography spanned the days of the flash bulbs to the use of digital cameras, and many of the pictures of the last half of the 20th century crossed his desk. Buell is the author of more than a dozen books on news photography, including Moments: The Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographs; The Kennedy Brothers; and Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue, the story of the Iwo Jima flag raising.
Free and open to public.