This paper gives the definitions, and describes the application, of a classification system for photographic veracity relating to medical and forensic images. It uses practical examples to demonstrate the reasons and parameters for using such a system. It also calls for continued discussion on what the limits and extent should be for the parameters. A debate encompassing the advantages and disadvantages of manipulating photographs goes back well before the introduction of digital imaging and has continued since the introduction of photography in the mid-nineteenth century. This author’s first foray dates back twenty years 1 . The introduction of digital imaging only gave the debate new impetus and new problems to solve 2 , some of which might be resolved as suggested in this paper.
Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine / Vol. 37, No. 1-2, pp.24-27