Reading images

stacey a ayeh (stacey@ANTIQUARIAN.COM)
Wed, 3 Jan 1996 23:03:00 +0000

This question is probably more suited to a linguistics mailing list but I
hope someone here can help me.

The hypothesis is this:
Humans "only see" what they can understand. (i.e. someone
who has never
seen an image (photograph, film, video..) will not
recognise themselves
if they were suddenly confronted with one).

The question is this:

If a member of a tribe which has never come into contact with
photographic images is shown a photograph of his/her chief will s/he be
able to identify the image as a representation of the chief?

Do we learn to read photographic images?

Any pointers as to work and or research done on this issue?

Thanks in advance for any help, Stacey A. Ayeh

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