Reviews for The True Meaning of Pictures
Questions to consider: What is the role of an artist in the lives of people who become subjects in the work?
Is the work of Adams ethical? Are his subjects aware of the ways in which people judge them based on photographs. Why had Adams chosen to continue to photograph in Appalachia? Do his photographs help to change the lives of the people on whom his work is focused. When is this kind of work art and when is it exploitation? What should our relationship as artists be with others who we represent or speak for and is it ok to speak for people who are different from you because of wealth, status, class, gender or race? Is it ok for artist to exploit others for art’s sake?