The image supplies little in itself. What counts is its use and the power to fix a particular interpretation of the events, objects or people depicted. Some people, and especially some institutions, have much more clout in this process than others do." ~ Steve Edwards
Getting way from a "history" of photography that is based on a traditional idea of the History of Art ( as a sequence of styles and artists) is increasingly becoming a must for photography. I see and read photo graphy as a 'writing with light' and not as a 'drawing with light .It is, for me, a language that has much more power than any language ever had. Its veracity, its roots in Reality, just invite uses as pure propaganda.
It is the way Photography is used/misused that needs to be the focus of our understanding of the History of Photography.
Its increasing misuse in the increasing number of wars around the world is something that I have been noticing a lot more. From big Mainstream media, like the British propaganda arm - the BBC, to small newspapers in the Middle East, the misuse of pictures shot somewhere else has become much more frequent and, thanks to the Net, much more visible.
Here is the latest in photographic hasbara-the Israeli form of propaganda.