the concept of truth

Truth is subjective or objective, relative or absolute. So which is photography? An absolute or staged capture of reality? And even if staged, is it still not absolute? Does this flash of light capture nothing more than what's in front of the lens? Or does it show a mere interpretation of the photographer, which is always differently viewed by the spectator...? Who's truth is it anyway, and does it matter? 

 

Photographed on 18x24 cm, handmade glass plate negatives. Printed on 50x60 cm silver gelatin fiber based paper.