The Importance of Using Real Images in Information Design

The Importance of Using Real Images in Information Design

We all know the cliche about pictures being better than words — but a good photo is worth far more. The lesson holds everywhere, from information design to art. WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, an exhibition of 400 photographic war prints by amateurs, officers and professionals, conveys elements of war that could not truly be expressed in text — you have to see it to believe it.

Nhem Ein (Cambodian, born 1959). Untitled (prisoner #389 of the Khmer Rouge, 1975–79. Gelatin silver print (printed 1994), 10¼ x 10¼ in. (26 x 26 cm). Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Arthur M. Bullowa Fund and Geraldine Murphy Fund. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA Art Resource, NY. Used with permission of Photo Archive Group

Anne Tucker, one of the exhibition’s curators, refers to a photograph... keep reading

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