Truth or fiction?

Documentary photography is purportedly the reporting of the truth, the camera never lies, but it does. In a digital age it is easier than ever to manipulate the truth. However this is not a new phenomena , Stalin had political rivals removed from photographs to try and deny their existence .

Before: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Voroshilov,_Molotov,_Stalin,_with_Nikolai_Yezhov.jpg

and after: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Commissar_Vanishes_2.jpg

Photographs have always (and will be)manipulated. Magnum founder Robert Capa’s  iconic image “Loyalist militiaman at the moment of death” 1936   taken during the Spanish civil war has been reputed to have been faked, but does this make it unrepresentative of the essential truth? 

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7b/Capa%2C_Death_of_a_Loyalist_Soldier.jpg

 As I was mulling these thoughts over I checked my email box, the weekly e-bulletin from OCA contains some interesting thoughts on the subject. I will return to this as it is quite pertinent for my upcoming final assignment. 

 http://www.weareoca.com/photography/pseudo-realities/

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