Jeff Cowen

Monday, 12 October 2015

“Debates about digital manipulation often proceed in terms of how images are captured in camera and then post-processed outside the camera. However, this is a rendering of the problem dependent on an analogue view of photography, one which fails to appreciate the radical changes of the digital era. If we understand that digital photography is computational, then every image requires ‘post-processing’ in order to be an image. We have no original image in computational, digital photography. At the point of capture there is only data that has to be processed. This means ‘post-processing’ is a necessity in the making of an image. Therefore, the assumption that we have an in-camera image which can function as the authentic, original image is no longer sustainable.” David Campbell • World Press Photo