About truth and reality of press photography in Swiss newspapers 


Every day we receive the world’s news in the form of a newspaper. While we flick through the over-sized pages in search of what might interest us, we strategically seek titles, subtitles, introductions, images and captions. A specialist in German studies informed me during my research that captions are the most read texts. Images are considered to be the most consulted source of information. We use them to illustrate, describe and complete a text, or even to confirm events and ascertain the truth. We rely on the idea that what we see, is, what the picture represents. We believe that reading and understanding an image is much easier than understanding a text. But are we mistaken? And why are images so important to us? What do images contain that a text does not? What do they mean to me and to others? Is a photograph closer to the truth than a painting? What Western union locations does “truth” combined with photography mean? In various interviews with a journalist, a specialist in German studies, the director of “MAZ – The Swiss School of Journalism”, the leader of the image agency “Keystone” and many others, I looked to discover the truth, reality, interests and the controlling bodies behind the camera. (original language: German)


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