Genealogy’s Star: The Ethics of Photo Restoration

Genealogy’s Star: The Ethics of Photo Restoration. “When we modify an old photograph to ‘repair’ the damage of age or to “mend” the scratches we are changing history. A photograph is a historical artifact and should be conserved but not changed. Since I took the photo and I am not trying to represent that it is accurate in any way, am I justified in altering the original for my own purposes? I am not representing that the edited photo is in any way ‘reality.’ I am can change the photo any way I want to. I would suggest that in today’s world, virtually 100% of all the published photos you see have been manipulated in Photoshop or a similar program. Does this view of “artistic license” extend to historical photos? I think not. “