Misrepresentation and visual quotation in design and art:

a pragmatic approach

Mic Porter

From the Introduction:

This paper addresses the issues of the designer who quotes from images when creating a composite to display their design work or to establish the context in which their creation might resides. This paper considers the two-dimensional image created to show a three dimensional object often in an apparently photographically realistic and potentially misleading manner. In many cases, a fundamental component of the image creation is quotation; existing images are merged into a photo-realistic whole. Indeed, the sophistication of image manipulation now possible may leave few clues that are identifiable by individuals not familiar with the possibilities for falsification.

This paper was submitted to the International Integrity & Plagiarism Conference which ran between 2004-2014. The paper was peer reviewed by an independent editorial board and features in the conference proceedings.