Has trust in photography declined in recent years? How do you assess photo manipulation and whether an image is “real” or not? Kevin Connor, President and Co-Founder of Fourandsix Technologies â€“ which works to create software that can detect photo manipulation â€“ discusses the dichotomy between photographers who constantly strive to shoot something novel that no one has ever seen before, and the suspicion that arises when we see a photo that we’ve never seen before.
According to Amy Dresser, photo retouchers are parasites in the photo industry â€“ without photographers, people like her wouldnâ€™t exist. Yet retouching has never been more prevalent, and we increasingly blur the line between photography and illustration. As a professional photo retoucher, Amyâ€™s attitude is not to make any image perfect; keep the character, but remove what might be distracting.
New York-based photojournalist David Burnett almost needs no introduction. He’s been shooting film for over 50 years, and despite the widespread movement to digital, he continues lugging around his 4×5 camera worldwide to events like the Olympics. “It’s tough to be a film photographer in the digital age,” says David Burnett. “But it’s the look of film that’s stayed with me â€“ there’s something almost nostalgic about it.”
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