Digital Photography and the Ethics of Photo Alteration
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This study discusses the impact of photo alteration on journalistic credibility in relation to the effects of the new capabilities of digital technology. The thesis examines the early history of photo manipulation, in both digital and analog formats, and summarizes debates surrounding specific digitally altered images and the public’s and governing bodies’ responses to these alterations. Finally, digital photography’s position as a new medium or an extension of existing photographic means is considered. The research analyzes altered photos’ placements in media sources and uses the opinions of artists and theorists sourced from editorials, essays and texts to develop an understanding of the current uses of digital photographs, and to speculate about where the trend towards digital photography may lead.
Schiller, Aschley (2008). Digital Photography and the Ethics of Photo Alteration. Available electronically from