Images play an important role in many scholarly disciplines – in medical research as well as in art history. Images open up the invisible, they represent data and facilitate the understanding of complex contexts. Their power of persuasion is much praised – but the ability to manipulate images digitally has increased the distrust in them.
Faked images can falsify reality, simulate results, or show an idealized world. This part of the exhibition shows the different ways in which images can be manipulated and how difficult it is to detect errors or to expose forgeries. Examples are drawn from medical research, astronomy and art history, as well as from photo competitions. Look closely – what seems deceptively real is not necessarily authentic.