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This project is focused on exploring subjectivity and objectivity in photography. The driving question was “Is there such thing as a purely objective photo?”

To find the answer to this question I chose unbiased and seemingly objective photos to help me map subjectivity and objectivity in an image. I chose 5 participants with similar backgrounds to do the exercise. Each participant was given the same directions and placed the dots accordingly. The questions asked were purposely very subjective so that a portrait of their opinions could be shown on top of the image. This project was meant as an experiment that would illuminate how people saw photography, and how certain images are more or less objective/ subjective. 




Step 1

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Step 2





Step 3

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After repeating this for the five images, for all five people (a total of 25 images), They are places next to each-other. they are meant to viewed together so that the audience can find similarities and differences in placement. Similarities show objectivity while delineation indicate subjectivity



Though patterns and delineations, this project proved that there are parts of the image that are more objective than others. Whereas there are also parts of the image that are more subjective than others. These final images map this theory and try and prove that there is an underlying variable of objectivity and subjectivity in image making. One thing that I had hypothesized that can be shown in this experiment is that even though there are parts of the image are more objective, there is no such thing as pure objectivity in photography.