'In Believing Is Seeing, Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris turns his eye to the nature of truth in photography. In his inimitable style, Morris untangles the mysteries behind an eclectic range of documentary photographs, from the ambrotype of three children fround clasped in the hands of an unknown soldier at Gettysburg to the indelible portraits of the WPA photography project. Each essay in the book presents the reader with a conundrum, and investigates the relationship between photographs and the real world they supposedly record. [...]
With his keen sense of irony, skepticism, and humor, Morris reveals in these and many other investigations how photographs can obscure as much as they reveal, and how what we see is often determined by our beliefs. Part detective story, part philosophical meditation, Believing Is Seeing is a highly original exploration of photography and perception from one of America's most provocative observers.' (excerpt from front flap)

Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Onsite

author

Errol MORRIS

Location code REF.MOE
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2011

No of pages

310

ISBN / ISSN

9781594203015

No of copies

1

Content type

monograph

Chapter headings
Preface
Crimean War Essay (Intentions of the Photographer)
Chapter 1: Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg? (Parts 1, 2, and 3)
Abu Ghraib Essays (Photographs Reveal and Conceal)
Chapter 2: Will the Real Hooded Man Please Stand Up?
Chapter 3: The Most Curious Thing
Photography and Reality (Captioning, Propaganda, and Fraud)
Chapter 4: The Case of the Inappropriate Alarm Clock (Parts 1 and 2)
Chapter 5: It All Began with a Mouse
Civil War (Photography and Memory)
Chapter 6: Whose Father Is He?
Epilogue
Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography
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Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography