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In a world where our perception and understanding of the place in which we live is influenced by our surroundings and the way we view them it is important that we look at all aspects of the matter from all viewpoints both through the lens and with open eyes In this case I agree with Sontag in the fact that we cant learn about the world just from what the camera has captured but disagree with her idea that photography is negative in the way that it allows for us to fill our minds and makes us feel Sontag says that photography implies that what we know about the world if we accept it as the camera records it LI P1A photographer takes a picture of a regular old weapons factory a simple picture In reality this is a picture of the Krupp a manufacturing company in which assisted Nazi Germany in the persecution of nearly 11 million people Sontag is absolutely right Photographs are deceiving and one never understands anything from a photograph L6-7 P1 How can we be persuaded to believe that Nazi Germany wasnt all that bad from a simple photograph How can we rely on photography to be our outlet to the outside world Pictures can be a nice to look at and we can infer from them what we like but the picture cant tell us what it is it cant explain to us the symbolism or far-fetched meaning that lies behind it This can not be the way in which we try to understand the world No we can not learn anything about or understand the world from looking at a picture but a picture never the less is art which has the power to heal and help so many There is no denying that photography does have its own positive qualities We must recognize photographys ability to fill in blanks in our mental pictures of the present and
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