Another from W Eugene Smith


Sean Keane sent me a link to this short essay by W Eugene Smith, which is well worth dipping into.

After explaining his view that (journalistic) photographers could not be objective, but must be honest, he includes a paragraph later in the essay that I appreciate very much:

The photographer must bear the responsibility for his work and its effect. By so much as his work is a distortion (this is sometimes intangible, at other times shockingly obvious), in such proportion is it a crime against humanity. Even on rather “unimportant” stories, this attitude must be taken—for photographs (and the little words underneath) are molders of opinion. A little misinformation plus a little more misinformation is the kindling from which destructive misunderstandings flare.



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