Photography never lies: or rather, it can lie as to the meaning of things, being by nature tendentious, never as to its existence
New Materialism and/or Who is the agent?
Who is the author of a portrait photograph? Traditionally, the credit has been ascribed to the person who holds the camera and pushes the shutter button. However, as anyone who has been on either side of the portrait photograph situation knows, the person being portrayed is often active and contributes to the work that produces the photograph as well – be it through demands on photographic composition, through putting on the right smile or other reasons. Depending on situation, the credit should be more justified were it to be shared between the parties, in varying degrees of course. After all, there could be no portrait photograph without a person to portrait. Furthermore – what about the environment – and the camera equipment? Shouldn’t they be credited too?