In this session we looked at famous photographs from the last century and the underlying truths and tales behind them. An example used in the session was an image taken by Eddie Adams in 1968.
An important lesson I learned from the session was that photographs only communicate half stories and truths. This is without a doubt a shocking image that can only leave you feeling disgust toward the killer, yet what the image doesn’t convey is the story from the side of the male possessing the gun. This is reflected in an interview with Eddie Adams
“The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them; but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. … What the photograph didn’t say was, ‘What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American people?”
In addition to looking at iconic images we also used this subject as a theme to introduce us to Adobe Photoshop. The task was to super impose my face into an iconic image of choice from history. We used the ‘polygon lasso’ to complete this task whilst considering lighting, perspective and quality.