67 Various Photographers
October 20 – September 12, 2020
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Primary Sources are documents that were created by witnesses or first recorders of events. We’ve come to expect that photographs are reliable and reveal the truth about moments in time. It has been said that photographs do not lie, however we all know they can. But so can a written record. A photograph can be altered through manual and digital means. The validity of a photo can also be changed to communicate a photographer’s point of view rather than the reality of the situation. A subject in a photograph may have alternative motives for being photographed. Photographs taken for marketing purposes are meant to influence public opinion and behavior rather than truth-tell.
This exhibition was meant to depict the photograph as document or as proof to phenomena or happenings. The photographer was meant to be seen as witness. I asked the submitters to interpret that instruction fluidly. Was I only interested in documentary photography? That was one way to answer this call. I asked them, however, to use their imaginations to come up with answers to my query. It is your responsibility, dear viewer, to determine fact or fiction in these 67 primary source materials.
The 67 photo chroniclers are:
Amy Kanka Valadarsky