“The camera is the eye of History”

Mathew Brady said that. He was a photographer in the 19th century who captured the Civil War on film which is pretty cool if you ask me. 

I saw this quote at a photography exhibit that Mr. Chemistry and I went to a couple of weeks ago. They were displaying photos from the Arab Spring. Some of the pictures were well-known and some weren’t. I love photography because it’s a way of telling a story but I usually think you are telling your story through photography.

When looking at a picture, 2 different people can view it in different ways. Some might find something beautiful while others don’t. It’s all about perspective, in the end.

2 views to the same event, just told from different narratives but a picture never lies or does it?

A picture can lie because people can manipulate the picture to suit their needs. Make changes to the core of the image into what they want it to be.

In the 1800’s they didn’t have the ability to change pictures the way we can today, but that doesn’t mean that they weren’t able to omit a picture that didn’t suit their needs or photography something that they thought was important.

There is always 2 sides to every story and pictures can tell both but sometimes they can only tell one.

“History is written by the victors”, after all.

 

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