The Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth in the Post-photographic Era

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MIT Press, 1994 - Photography - 273 pages
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"An intelligent and readable approach to the digitization of images.... A useful overview of a critical subject."-- New York Times Book ReviewEnhanced? Or faked? Today the very idea of photographic veracity is being radically challenged by the emerging technology of digital image manipulation and synthesis: photographs can now be altered at will in ways that are virtually undetectable, and photorealistic synthesized images are becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish from actual photographs.Continuing William Mitchell's investigations of how we understand, reason about, and use images, The Reconfigured Eye provides the first systematic, critical analysis of the digital imaging revolution. It describes the technology of the digital image in detail and looks closely at how it is changing the way we explore ideas, at its aesthetic potential, and at the ethical questions it raises.

 

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The technical differences between film photography and digital two-dimensional representations challenge a lot of our assumptions about the status of photographic images as truth, even though photos ... Read full review

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This is often a difficult book, but I believe that it will come to be recognized as one of the seminal texts in the subject of the trustability of photographic images. I'm not aware of any other book ... Read full review

Contents

News Photography Goes Digital
15
Coherence
31
Originals and Copies
49
DIGITAL BRUSH STROKES
86
Colorization
100
True Colors
113
VIRTUAL CAMERAS
116
Hidden Lines and Surfaces
131
Surface Detail
144
Atmospheric and Volume Effects
158
HOW TO DO THINGS WITH PICTURES
190
Substitutions
203
Falsehoods and Fictions
217
SELECTED READINGS 255
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INDEX 269
1993
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