Photoshop Disasters

Being that I am studying to become a photographer, I find it interesting how involved the fashion industry has become with fashion. I can understand the need to photoshop a “healthy,” model, but I find it excessive when magazines start liquifying (photoshop talk for “skinny”) models who are already 5’10 and 105 lbs. What becomes ridiculous for me is when the industry has this notion of skinny as normal. There has been a lot of talk in previous years that models aren’t skinny enough. Now what we’re seeing is that models want to be plump, they want to become more robust curvaceous woman.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/24/demi-moores-photoshopped_n_369057.html

The Huffington Post discusses Demi Moore and her cover for W Magazine, where she is seeing wearing a Balmain leotard that has been badly photoshopped from the runway image of Anja Rubik. Moore, a 46 year old actress, replaced with a 26 year old body – seems to me as if that’s a far stretch from reality. What the media is doing with women, taking years off their aging process – creating products, giving them procedures, is a large cry for youth and that tuck everlasting experience. It makes me wonder what women will be doing when our children are our age.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/fashion/28RETOUCH.html?pagewanted=all

Another article where The New York Times discusses magazines and the retouching world. The article explores the photoshop industry and the need for celebrities and models to become more ideal. The NYTimes goes into detail on how the retouchers think, what they do to steer away from the obvious and make it become the subtle.

Video on retouching:
http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/03/09/opinion/1194838469575/op-ed-sex-lies-and-photoshop.html

The New York Times discusses the lighter side of retouching, the good if you will. It gives a good reputation for the retouchers of the industry, but it also considers the disruptions on the woman’s self esteem from the retouching images. The video challenges all magazines to publish an issue where the entire month has been natural, no retouches, all positive body images. What would this to to the media? Would it slow it down? What would the average woman say? I am curious to see what would happen and IF this could ever happen.

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One response to “Photoshop Disasters

  1. I think you bring up a very interesting point by using the word “disruption” when referring to the effects of excessive retouching in the images we see. I remember when this issue arose a few years ago. Naomi Woolf’s “The Beauty Myth” comes to mind whenever I read about retouching. Like we discussed a few weeks, back, beauty has become a sort of commodity and an economy in its own right within the fashion industry. There is this concept of the “Iron Maiden”-how our modern-day view of physical beauty is so difficult to obtain that it is almost literally torture to be exposed and weighed down by it every day when we are bombarded with images of woman with “ideal” bodies. I think it’s also far-fetched to think Demi’s head was placed on Anja’s body, according to Jezebel.com (http://jezebel.com/5411732/was-demi-moore-photoshopped-onto-models-body-for-w-not-likely) Celebrities’ heads are indeed sometimes placed on models’ bodies in advertisements, but that wouldn’t happen on a front cover. Moore’s body absolutely is photoshopped to death, but was it really necessary? Totally not. I can’t wait to see how we go over this in class.

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