It’s a pleasure to announce Knowledge for Health (K4Health), the new USAID health information project awarded to Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. K4Health is the follow-on project to The INFO Project which provided Photoshare services since 2002.
An image of an Iranian missile test intended for media circulation was digitally manipulated but not before it was released on newswires around the world. It’s no surprise that this image was conceived of or created, manipulated images are common in photographic history and certainly there is no end in sight to their proliferation.
Photography has frequently been used to focus attention on environmental issues. Images have poignantly documented both the pristine beauty of remote rural areas and the ecological damage caused by environmental pollution. Ironically; the history of photography itself is littered with a variety of toxic chemicals that have certainly polluted and altered the environment. Some of the most dangerous photographic processes have included heavy metals like mercury and silver as well as a litany of pungent sulfuric compounds.
Photography has long been a vital tool used to focus attention on authoritative rule. Given that fact, photography has also been the catalyst for authoritarian violence aimed at silencing a free press.