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.

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?

@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.

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.

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