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The Photography Handbook, 3rd Edition by Terence Wright

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CHAPTER 4

Post-production

[F]ew people realise that the meaning of a photograph can be changed completely by the accompanying caption, by its juxtaposition with other photographs, or by the manner in which people and events are photographed.

(Gisèle Freund 1980: 149)

The post-production aspects of photographic communication are concerned with things that can be done to the photograph once it has been taken and processed to change or enhance its meaning. As mentioned in earlier chapters, photographs are taken in a particular context and there is a strong dependency on the knowledge of this context which determines how the final image is understood by the viewer. In the case of the documentary photograph we find ourselves looking at a visual display ...

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