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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
In the tradition of John Berger and Susan Sontag, Fred Ritchin analyzes
photography’s failings and reveals untapped potentials for this evolving
medium. One of our most influential commentators on photography investigates
the future of visual media as the digital revolution transforms images,
changing the way we conceptualize the world. From photos of news events taken
on cell phones to the widespread use of image surveillance, digital media has
fundamentally altered the way we receive visual information. Simultaneously,
the increased manipulation of photographs has made photography suspect as
reliable documentation, raising questions about its role in recounting personal
and public histories. In a world beset by critical problems and ambiguous
boundaries, Ritchin argues that it is time to begin energetically exploring
possibilities created by technological innovations, and to use them to better
understand our rapidly changing world. 50 illustrations