Trick Photography

You don ‘t hear this term much anymore. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I heard someone say it. I have my theories about why. One is that the end consumers of photographs are gradually changing their expectations about what photography represents. Young people especially are beginning to see photography more as manipulation than a record of reality.

It’s possible the term trick photography has become redundant. Whether we’re manipulating little particles of silver halide or 1s and 0s the end result has always been a trick. I think trick photography evolved as a term to describe “over” manipulation…whatever that means. Maybe, one person’s trick photography is another person’s reportage of the civil war.

So, what about the changing expectations? Wide availability of image manipulation software has now made if possible for anyone to make fundamental changes to any image. Anyone can have Oprah’s head on their body and everyone knows this. Pre-digital photographers and other skilled pros tweaked reality whenever the agenda called for it but our expectation about photography was that it represented a record of reality. I think this is because that’s how photography evolved…a technology used to make a graphic record of something in front of the camera lens.

So, while there is nothing new about digital imaging (it’s been around for at least 25 years) what has changed is the man on the street’s expectation about photographs.



~ by keithphilpott on December 1, 2007.

One Response to “Trick Photography”

  1. which software I require or have to download from internet to use trick photography

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