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The Resource Believing is seeing : observations on the mysteries of photography, Errol Morris

Believing is seeing : observations on the mysteries of photography, Errol Morris

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Believing is seeing : observations on the mysteries of photography
Title
Believing is seeing
Title remainder
observations on the mysteries of photography
Statement of responsibility
Errol Morris
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Academy Award-wining filmmaker Errol Morris investigates the hidden truths behind a series of documentary photographs. In Believing Is Seeing Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris turns his eye to the nature of truth in photography. In his inimitable style, Morris untangles the mysteries behind an eclectic range of documentary photographs, from the ambrotype of three children found clasped in the hands of an unknown soldier at Gettysburg to the indelible portraits of the WPA photography project. Each essay in the book presents the reader with a conundrum and investigates the relationship between photographs and the real world they supposedly record. During the Crimean War, Roger Fenton took two nearly identical photographs of the Valley of the Shadow of Death-one of a road covered with cannonballs, the other of the same road without cannonballs. Susan Sontag later claimed that Fenton posed the first photograph, prompting Morris to return to Crimea to investigate. Can we recover the truth behind Fenton's intentions in a photograph taken 150 years ago? In the midst of the Great Depression and one of the worst droughts on record, FDR's Farm Service Administration sent several photographers, including Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans, to document rural poverty. When Rothstein was discovered to have moved the cow skull in his now-iconic photograph, fiscal conservatives-furious over taxpayer money funding an artistic project-claimed the photographs were liberal propaganda. What is the difference between journalistic evidence, fine art, and staged propaganda? During the Israeli-Lebanese war in 2006, no fewer than four different photojournalists took photographs in Beirut of toys lying in the rubble of bombings, provoking accusations of posing and anti-Israeli bias at the news organizations. Why were there so many similar photographs? And were the accusers objecting to the photos themselves or to the conclusions readers drew from them? With his keen sense of irony, skepticism, and humor, Morris reveals in these and many other investigations how photographs can obscure as much as they reveal and how what we see is often determined by our beliefs. Part detective story, part philosophical meditation, Believing Is Seeing is a highly original exploration of photography and perception from one of America's most provocative observers"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Believing is seeing : observations on the mysteries of photography, Errol Morris
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Crimean war essay (intentions of the photographer) -- Abu Ghraib essays (photographs reveal and conceal -- Photography and reality (captioning, propaganda, and fraud) -- Civil War (photography and memory)
Control code
6ocm81488408
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 310 pages
Isbn
9781594203015
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011013101
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
Label
Believing is seeing : observations on the mysteries of photography, Errol Morris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Crimean war essay (intentions of the photographer) -- Abu Ghraib essays (photographs reveal and conceal -- Photography and reality (captioning, propaganda, and fraud) -- Civil War (photography and memory)
Control code
6ocm81488408
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 310 pages
Isbn
9781594203015
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011013101
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map

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