Monday, August 24, 2009

Photoshop before Photoshop

Once again, Rachel at APB has found the goods. An article and AMAZING slideshow on retouching and its role in some of the most iconic images in history.

People say that Photoshop has ruined the credibility of photography, but the examples below show that photos have been manipulated as long as the camera and paintbrush have coexisted. And while some people want to trust photos to be "true", and put 100% faith in them, ultimately we need to look at everything and decide for ourselves what it is we see.

Apparently Mr. Lincoln had some body image issues. Honest Abe?:
Stalin didn't like this guy on the right, or was just jealous of his sweet lapels. Whack!
Ulysses Grant wasn't feeling the original image, and the horse wrangler was late for the shoot, so he was forced to make a few changes:

Chairman Mao (right) didn't like this joker on the left either. Whack!
As David St. Hubbins said in Spinal Tap:

"I believe virtually everything I read, and I think that is what makes me more of a selective human than someone who doesn't believe anything."

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