The Truth (or Not) about (Digital) Photography
It has been said that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. Well, they never worked in imaging interpretation and the legal system! One picture may require 10,000 words or more of explanation seeking the truth. And, if ‘seeing is believing’, there are many people who believe lies!
This highly illustrated presentation will cover the problems encountered when a photograph requires interpretation to reveal the ‘truth’ about what it depicts. We look at real cases where some accidental mistakes were made and some intentional mischievousness has misled the viewer. What do we look for in an image to reveal the truth? What questions can it answer? And is Photoshop really evil?
Please note: Due to sensitive nature of the imagery, this seminar cannot be recorded or broadcast to Web.
Gale Spring has worked in forensic imaging for more than 40 years. Originally from the US, he was Director of Photography at the Southwestern Medical School and Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas, Texas. From 1988 to 2008, he was the Program Leader and Associate Professor of RMIT’s Scientific Photography. He retired from RMIT in 2013 as the Deputy Dean, Teaching and Learning, School of Science. He continues to be active in his ‘retirement’ by teaching, training, consulting and working on many legal cases from art fraud to murder.
11:00am, 12 May
michaels Lecture Theatre
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