Thursday, June 18, 2009

Another Way to View Veracity in the Media

We spoke at length about Shelby Lee Adams and the film The True Meaning of Pictures. What is true? What does documentary mean? Is labeling something art sufficient to excuse a misrepresentation, or the resulting misinterpretation by the viewer of the photograph? And if your intent is to report, and not imbue your opinion, how to you best direct your neutral eye toward your subject?

I enclose a link from the Huffington Post, an interesting story about another type of skewing of what is meant to be the great, honest voice of the people: The letter to the editor. Click on the image at the bottom of this post.

Now we start the phase of this journey where we become the visual interpreters of a place that experienced one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. Take some time to think again about what your preconceived ideas of the American South really are. What are you expecting from the trip to New Orleans? Write a blog entry this weekend, and jot these thoughts down. See you at 4am Monday!

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