Howells, R. (2011) Visual Culture, Cambridge: Polity Press.

An article which traces the history of photography’s perceived realism, Howells speaks about photography’s umbilical relationship with reality:

Photography, indeed, had a special relationship with reality, which persuaded people that when they looked at a photograph, they were looking at reality itself. They could say, ‘this is Abraham Lincoln’, when actually they were looking not at the man but at a photograph … an attitude that suggests that a photograph is an unmediated medium with a direct, uncomplicated authenticity and which provides straightforward evidence of the thing photographed. As it is a mechanical recording device, it can only record the truth. (p 190)
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