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Believing Is Seeing by Errol Morris.. The deservedly famous documentary filmmaker (THIN BLUE LINE, FOG OF WAR, TABLOID) turns his eye to the problem of photography. What you see is what you get? Not quite. Morris picks up where Sontag left off. Obsessive, expansive.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Morris' assiduous and profound inquiry into the relationship between reality and photography is eye-opening, mind-expanding, and essential in this age of ubiquitous digital images."

Booklist (starred review)

"As that suggests, Morris believes in objective truth, and believes that people can grasp it — “even though,” as he has written elsewhere, “the world is unutterably insane.” The question then becomes how to coax an insane world into yielding up its truths, and “Believing Is Seeing” amounts to a provisional, ­pastiche-y, deeply interesting attempt at an answer."

The New York Times

Author bio: Morris, who received a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, says none of his films have made him money, so he directs commercials, and won an Emmy in 2001. A series of campaign ads he did for John Kerry was little shown. Morris' much-criticized approach was to Interrotron actual Republicans and conservatives who had switched to support Kerry, versus George W. Bush. Morris has an occasional feature in the New York Times ruminating on the power and meaning of photos. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; Seeing Is Believing

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