January 19, 2023

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Does the Camera Ever Lie?

Last Updated on November 19, 2019

Zoom into a more detailed image of this newspaper page from 1901. Read only the headline and image captions. Then carefully review the images and make an educated guess about what the article will discuss.

Now read the article. How does it answer the question posed in the title? What evidence is provided to support this view? Do you agree with this view? Why or why not?

How do cameras “lie” today? Provide at least two examples and discuss what it means for consumers of visual media.

What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!

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