The Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era

The Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era

by William J. Mitchell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262631601

ISBN-13: 9780262631600

Pub. Date: 07/25/1992

Publisher: MIT Press

"An intelligent and readable approach to the digitization of images.... A
useful overview of a critical subject."-- New York Times Book ReviewEnhanced? Or faked? Today the very idea of photographic veracity is being radically challenged by the emerging technology of digital image manipulation and synthesis: photographs can now be altered at will in ways

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"An intelligent and readable approach to the digitization of images.... A
useful overview of a critical subject."-- New York Times Book ReviewEnhanced? Or faked? Today the very idea of photographic veracity is being radically challenged by the emerging technology of digital image manipulation and synthesis: photographs can now be altered at will in ways that are virtually undetectable, and photorealistic synthesized images are becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish from actual photographs.Continuing William Mitchell's investigations of how we understand,
reason about, and use images, The Reconfigured Eye provides the first systematic,
critical analysis of the digital imaging revolution. It describes the technology of the digital image in detail and looks closely at how it is changing the way we explore ideas, at its aesthetic potential, and at the ethical questions it raises.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262631600
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/25/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
283
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Beginnings
Three Snapshots
3(1)
The Raster Grid
4(2)
Digital Image Creation
6(1)
Mutability and Manipulation
6(2)
Digital Images and the Postmodern Era
8(3)
The Nascent Medium
Early Development
11(5)
News Photography Goes Digital
16(1)
Popularization
17(2)
The Displacement of Photography
19(4)
Intention And Artifice
Claims to Credibility
23(1)
Adherence of the Referent
24(4)
Intention and Objectivity
28(3)
Coherence
31(6)
Relationship to Visual Discourses
37(6)
Provenance
43(6)
Originals and Copies
49(2)
Mutation and Closure
51(1)
Image Ethics Redefined
52(4)
Devaluation
56(3)
Electronic Tools
Tools and Purposes
59(1)
Image-Capture Devices
60(6)
Information Content
66(3)
Storage and Compression
69(1)
Color and Color Separations
70(4)
Digital Halftoning
74(4)
Printing and Display Devices
78(2)
Transmission and Distribution
80(2)
Image Collections
82(1)
Indexing, Access, and Contextualization
83(2)
Vision Remade
85(2)
Digital Brush Strokes
Filters
87(1)
Figures and Grounds
88(2)
Tone-Scale Adjustment
90(4)
Darkening, Lightening, and Contrast
94(1)
Thresholding and Posterization
95(4)
Positives and Negatives
99(1)
Colorization
100(1)
Color Corrections and Transformations
101(3)
Sharpening and Smoothing
104(5)
Macchiaiolation and Diffusion
109(1)
Line Extraction
109(3)
Arbitrary Filters
112(2)
True Colors
114(3)
Virtual Cameras
Algorithmic Image Construction
117(1)
Visual Reconstruction and Prediction
118(1)
Modeling
119(5)
Rendering: Projecting and Shading
124(1)
Wireframe Projections
125(3)
Viewing Parameters
128(4)
Hidden Lines and Surfaces
132(2)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
134(3)
Synthetic Shading
The Logic of Light
137(1)
Intrinsic Color
137(1)
Ambient Light
138(1)
Lambert Shading
139(3)
Curved-Surface Shading
142(1)
Specularity and Highlights
143(2)
Surface Detail
145(3)
Light Sources
148(2)
Cast Shadows
150(2)
Transparency
152(1)
Global Illumination
153(1)
Ray Tracing
153(3)
Radiosity
156(3)
Atmospheric and Volume Effects
159(1)
Camera Artifacts
160(1)
Photorealism
161(2)
Computer Collage
Mise en Image
163(3)
Cutting and Pasting
166(2)
Rotating and Reflecting
168(3)
Scaling
171(2)
Stretching and Shearing
173(2)
False Foreshortening
175(2)
Displacement Mapping
177(1)
Blends, Mattes, and Masks
177(6)
Retouching and Painting
183(2)
Combining Synthetic and Captured Images
185(3)
The Missing Witness
188(3)
How To Do Things With Pictures
Functions of Pictures
191(4)
Denotation and Existence
195(1)
Insertions
196(4)
Effacements and Elisions
200(4)
Substitutions
204(6)
Anachronistic Assemblages
210(8)
Falsehoods and Fictions
218(2)
How Pictures Do Things with Us
220(5)
The Shadows on The Wall
225(2)
Notes 227(28)
Selected Readings 255(14)
Index 269

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