For the past couple of weeks, I've had the pleasure of editing and designing a new book by Russian commercial photographer Irakly Shandize (http://www.shanidze.com/). His surreal take on a street-photography style is fascinating—and his text (about how great photography inherently relies on deception to tell the truth) is thought-provoking to say the least. Shandize reveals how intuitive response, psychology, technology, and conscious design can all be effectively interwoven as we, in the mindset of "makers," manipulate the story we present to viewers. In his words:
"A photographer and a camera standing between the viewer and reality inevitably distort the latter, intentionally or not. The individual features of photographer’s perception and technical limitations of his equipment make him do things that may eventually make a picture look very different from how a viewer would see the same scene with their naked eye. Consequently, a photographer who is not aware of his inherent ability to distort reality can ruin a picture simply by taking it. Good photographers understand aforementioned constraints and use them to deliberately adjust the level of truthfulness in their pictures."
The book is available for pre-order on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Photography-Deception-Reveal-Truth-Deceiving/dp/168203092X