This stunning photo was taken by film director, actor and photographer, Fan Ho, in 1954.

Ho was famous for taking candid photos of street life and the city architecture of Hong Kong, in the 1950s and 60s. His striking use of light and shadow, exemplified in "Approaching Shadow", led to him being linked to the Bauhaus art movement.

Does it change your opinion of the photo when I tell you that Fan Ho staged the shot by arranging for his cousin to pose as the human subject?

@fitheach I very rarely hear the words when I listen to music. More important is how it makes me feel. Similarly I don’t care how a photo was created. If it sparks some emotion, then it’s a good job.
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@jamie
Photos are often assumed to show actual events. People now are probably more aware of how photos can be manipulated because almost everyone has a camera in their pocket, with simple editing tools.

What happens if the emotion raised is fear or anger, does it matter?

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@fitheach I don’t think so. The photographer had an objective. If my emotion matches his objective then he’s done a good job.

Obviously I take issue with photographs that are altered to manipulate facts, but otherwise it’s a shrug from me.

@jamie
If your emotion doesn't match his/her objective, what then?

The problem then becomes whether you agree with the particular truth the photographer is telling.

@fitheach I don't even trust video anymore these days due to the same reasons as pictures.

Sad turn of events for arts :(

@kzimmermann
Video is usually harder to edit (manipulate) than a single image, therefore there is a higher cost or barrier to doing it. However, because it isn't expected the payoff may be even greater, if that is your objective.

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