What We Are Reading Today: Picture Perfect — Life in the Age of the Photo Op by Kiku Adatto
We say the camera does not lie, but we also know that pictures distort and deceive.
In Picture Perfect, Kiku Adatto brilliantly examines the use and abuse of images today, ranging from family albums to Facebook, political campaigns to popular movies, images of war to pictures of protest.
Adatto reveals how the line between the person and the pose, the real and the fake, news and entertainment is increasingly blurred.
New technologies make it easier than ever to capture, manipulate, and spread images. But even in the age of the internet, we still seek authentic pictures and believe in the camera’s promise to document, witness, and interpret our lives.
Kiku Adatto is a scholar- in-residence at Harvard University’s Humanities Center.
Her writings on culture, politics, and the media have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, the New Republic and the Huffington Post.