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When we really examine photographs, most of them are fakes in the sense that they don't capture reality. When you see photos of President Bush shaking hands with some diplomat, how fake is that? "Mr. President, look over here. Shake his hand again."...
Photographers relish the accidental shot where someone has a goofy look or half-closed eyes that lasted a split second and which hardly represents reality. Editors eat these shots up and congratulate the photographer for good work! They run these pics, and nobody says jack. You may as well load up an image editor and give the guy a second head.
Photos are representations, nothing more and nothing less. Sure, taking a head from one picture, dropping it into a porn photo, and saying that it's real is obviously wrong. But enhancing and interpreting photographic data has its place and is an important communications tool. Just stop believing everything you see.
—John C. Dvorak
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Posted by: OREN GRAD