Photographers often seek to capture a reliable view of the real world through a camera’s lens. The photographer’s purpose in taking this photograph, for example, was to convey the specific street conditions of this stretch of Seventh Avenue. However, all photographs are necessarily shaped by how the photographer frames his or her subject, a process that introduces a personal point of view or perspective into even the most seemingly objective documentary photographs. Knowing this, some artists play with the notion of authenticity in their photographs.
Additional text from Seeing Through Photographs online course, Coursera, 2016