What is the essential nature of a photograph? Ansel Adams said, "...what is before the lens always has the illusion of reality; but what is selected and put before the lens can be as false as any totalitarian lie." Adams' friend, photographer Edward Weston, disagreed, saying, "Only with effort can the camera be forced to lie."
Photojournalist Eddie Adams, who snapped the shocking, Pulitzer Prize-winning picture of a South Vietnamese police commander executing a Viet Cong official in the streets of Saigon, produced very different photographs than Ansel Adams. Yet his point of view was closer to Ansel's than to Weston's. He said, "Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths."