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Robert Cottingham has been associated with the photorealist movement; however, his incorporation of small modifications, unexpected views and angles, and skillful manipulations of light go well beyond faithful recordings of reality. There is more to it!

Compare Robert Cottingham's lithograph Starr (right) with the original photograph from which he worked (below).

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Star When images are accepted at face value, the viewer may be missing information. John Godfrey Saxe's poem, The Blind Men and the Elephant, based on a famous Indian legend, provides amusing insight into the consequences of reasoning with incomplete information.

An earlier career in advertising taught Robert Cottingham the commercial techniques of enlargement and cropping as well as the direct and subliminal power of selective letters and words. Understanding how advertisers manipulate meaning is an important aspect of media literacy.

Images often imply meaning, but it is up to the viewer to infer the significance of visual information. This skill can be practiced by viewing and analyzing portions of an image individually.




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