Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Fine Arts

Degree Program

Art (Creative) and Art History with a concentration in Critical and Curatorial Studies, MA

Committee Chair

Reitz, Chris

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Sichel, Jennifer

Committee Member

Sichel, Jennifer

Committee Member

Jamison, Felicia

Author's Keywords

Perception; reality; shapes the world


This thesis is an examination of the role different photography techniques play in how images are perceived. There have existed techniques for manipulating the perception of images since the creation of the camera. The techniques examined in this paper are editing, staging, and the use of captions. In recent years, perception has become a powerful tool for political parties to manipulate. This manipulation of perception has led to an increasing distrust in the images the media presents to the public. This paper does not seek to answer any questions but to encourage people to have a greater understanding of photography.