Fact vs. Fiction in Photography
People today are generally more discerning when it comes to the fictive nature of photographic images. As modern viewers, most of us do not assume that photography produces objective, factual reality in every instance; however, in the 19th century, that was the widespread belief.
Select a 19th-century example of a photograph and discuss how and/or why it is not a record of objective fact.
Questions to Consider:
-What aspects of photography are objective? What aspects of photography are subjective? Does it have to be all one or other, or can a photograph exist as both simultaneously?
-In your specific photograph, what kinds of decisions do you think the photographer made that influenced its final appearance?