Rethinking the slippery truth in photography

Peeling back our hinged relationship with photography as a purveyor of truth, Isobel Parker Philip's exhibition 'Shadow catchers' is a playful rethink of the medium through a 21st century lens.

Isobel Parker Philip describes photography as ‘slippery’ and ‘mischievous’. It is not surprising as an idea, given we have long relied on photography as a record of the real while, on the flipside, have become adept at recognising its use in propaganda, poetic propositions and even faked doubles.

‘Photography is a direct transcription of reality, but it never totally represents the truth, yet we still rely on it and get seduced into that assurance,’ she told ArtsHub.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina