The Truth Claim of Photography in Relation to My Practice There is an indexical connection between the photograph and a scene containing information the photograph captured. According to Barthes, 'a specific photograph, in effect, is never distinguished from its referent’ - (Barthes, 1984). This creates a very convincing illusion for the viewer that they were there, … Continue reading The Truth Claim of Photography in Relation to My Practice – Assignment 1 – Contextual Studies – Original
Howells introduces the relationship between photography and reality. He does so in an easy to comprehend manner which I found conducive for understanding the essay. Firstly he describes the invention of photography and its formative years. This was information I’d largely heard about before but it does inform the rest of the essay going forwards. However, for me where the essay gets really interesting is Howells mentioning the arguments of Roger Scruton with his assertions that photography could not be considered an art form like painting could.