What About Photographs?


Conventionally, photographs can be viewed as authentic documents used to depict reality. However, after reading the article, I realize that photographs can be used to spread falsehood and create doubts. I realize that photographs cannot be used to support truth and power or strength of reasoning. Instead, they can only be used to corroborate the hypothesis on which other individuals can anchor their truth. This is supported by the fact that the photographic images presented by General Franco to the press hardly portrayed the actual truth which they alluded.  After reading the article, I also understand that photographs can be used to compel the desire for the truth.  In addition, I also understand that both effects that a photographic document elicits and the intention that lead to creation of photographic images matter a lot. In this case, I realize that although photographs can be used to spread falsehood, the original intended purpose for their creation and the expected reactions are of great significance. For example, the falsehood presented in the photographs can be used as a wake-up call for people to understand the real occurrences.

After reading the article, I realize the true potential of technological development in advancing creation of fictitious photographs. As the article reveals, the photographs of the allegedly destroyed Guernica were actually developed using digital technology.  This demonstrates the extent to which photographs can be used to permit and facilitate falsehood. The author explains that the photos of the ‘destroyed’ Guernica were made through modification of color, accenting the texture and contrast and integrating portions of original captions. In this instance, I understand that photographs are not authentic document that can be relied upon to support a claim. Instead, I realize that photographic images can be used to spread propagandas such as those that propel political agendas.