Thursday, April 07, 2011

Is it still a Photograph?


What constitutes a photograph?  Some people will contend that any digital image is not a photograph by its nature.  I think this is inaccurate as the word “photograph” implies that any redering created from an impression of light will qualify.  But how much information is required in that rendering?  How representational should it be?  How much manipulation can be applied before the image becomes an illustration?  The image above is a small area cropped out of a picture taken with my cell-phone.  The small rectangle of pixels was up-sampled enough to be printed as large photograph.  This has magnified the many artifacts created by the tiny camera.  Are these artifacts artifice?  The only manipulation was adjustment for levels, contrast and a boost to color saturation. 

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