dave-bThe Winona State University CLASP Lecture Series will host “Hocus Focus—Believability of Photography in the Era of Photoshop” with David Burman at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Stark Auditorium, room 103.

This event is part of the 2016-17 University Theme, Our Digital Humanity.

Burman will talk about the creation of Photoshop and other digital tools that have created an environment of photo manipulation, altering the intended meaning of photos.

The talk will begin with a demonstration of photo manipulation through the years. Burman will then show examples of the tools, how they work, and examples of image manipulation using both analog and digital methods.

Burman will then discuss the ethical issues behind photo manipulation in every day news, science, criminal justice, advertising and higher education. Burman will also talk about the growth of digital tools and channels, and how this may affect the continued believability and future potential of the medium.

Burman has worked as a photojournalist, art and creative director, and a photographic and digital image educator. Currently, Burman is teaching a digital imaging applications course at Winona State University. He also works in educational technology for WSU’s Teaching, Learning and Technology center.

CLASP is the Consortium of Liberal Arts and Science Promotion. The CLASP lecture series was initiated in 2004 and is intended to promote interdisciplinary discussion and exchange.

The 2016-17 University Theme, Our Digital Humanity, examines human life in the digital age, exploring the impact digital tools have on individuals, institutions, systems, societies, our interconnected world and implications for our collective future. Our Digital Humanity seeks to explore how digital tools have changed the way WSU faculty, staff and students research, create, communicate, relate, learn and teach.

This event is free and open to the public and is available for stream via ITV in CF 103 on the Rochester campus.

For more information, contact David Speetzen at DSpeetzen@winona.edu.