Sontag's Discussion on the Increase in Photo Manipulation Essay

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Susan Sontag discusses the reality of the modern person’s addiction with “needing to have reality confirmed” by photos. Sontag says “we accept it as the camera records it” then goes to say “this is the opposite of understanding.” I agree with her wholeheartedly, as accepting photos as they are limits ones understanding of the world. The trust in photography led to the rise of pictures hoaxes, in which people take pictures out of context and assign it a new background; as well as Photoshop, which becomes increasingly popular as the years go by. Photoshop allows one to manipulate a photo to portray what they desire it to. Sontag mentions how photos “hide more than [they] disclose,” which represents a pressing problem in the modern world.…show more content…
Susan Sontag discusses the reality of the modern person’s addiction with “needing to have reality confirmed” by photos. Sontag says “we accept it as the camera records it” then goes to say “this is the opposite of understanding.” I agree with her wholeheartedly, as accepting photos as they are limits ones understanding of the world. The trust in photography led to the rise of pictures hoaxes, in which people take pictures out of context and assign it a new background; as well as Photoshop, which becomes increasingly popular as the years go by. Photoshop allows one to manipulate a photo to portray what they desire it to. Sontag mentions how photos “hide more than [they] disclose,” which represents a pressing problem in the modern world. For example, on a popular social media website, Tumblr, a picture went viral of a girl clad in a filthy wedding dress, her head in her hands, on the subway. Out of context, this picture could imply many circumstances, a popular story being that her finance ditched her. In reality, her wedding was successful, and she partied all night, which led to her soiled dress and tired persona. Sontag discusses the Krupp works and how it refuses to catch the reality of the period, how photography tends to take on only a portion of what it aims to capture, for instance two men fighting. One man may lay on the ground and take a beating, while the photo makes it seem that one man is the winner while in fact that is the one moment of weakness in the other

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