Posted by: 6x6pix | April 22, 2010

More on Image Manipulation

If you’re interested in issues of digital image manipulation in news and documentary photography as discussed a bit in this recent post and its comments, you’ll want to check out two things:

First, in a post titled Image Manipulation, Trust, and the News, Joerg Colberg of Conscientious proposes that newspapers and magazines could provide links to unmanipulated, camera-raw versions of every image they print. What’s especially interesting about this idea is that for editorial images, publications that did this would essentially be putting all retouching and other manipulations out there for everyone to see, which, as Colberg points out, “would literally tell the readers ‘Listen, this image has been manipulated, and if you’re uncomfortable with image manipulations, think of this image as an illustration’.” It’s worth reading his whole post, as his thoughts on the whole issue are pragmatic and balanced.

Second, you won’t want to miss Fred Ritchin‘s upcoming lecture at Northeastern next Thursday, April 29: “After Photography: In a digital environment, what can emerge from a medium transformed? How will it change us as people? And how can we influence what comes next?”

Ritchin is a professor of photography and imaging at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has authored several books, including In Our Own Image and After Photography. He was founding director of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography, and a former New York Times picture editor and former Executive Editor of Camera Arts magazine.

This Photographic Resource Center lecture is presented in partnership with Northeastern University and will take place at Northeastern Building 20F  (in West Village). Click through to the PRC’s event listing for links to directions and a Northeastern campus map.


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