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March 29, 2006

Digi-Photo Links

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Hugh Symonds makes what are without doubt the most beautiful cellphone photographs I've ever seen. Talk about a whole new aesthetic ...

* What's real in the age of Photoshop? And does even National Geographic know for sure? Steven Kapsinow muses about some funny goings-on.



posted by Michael at March 29, 2006


Thanks for the links, MB. The phonecam photos are very cool.

Posted by: Jonathan on March 29, 2006 8:00 PM

As soon as I got my hands on a copy of Photoshop I gave up on any notion that 'photographs don't lie.' Maybe that was never true, but it sure as heck ain't true no more.

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on March 30, 2006 1:06 AM

It seems as if there are more photographers and editors now who think that showing an image as they think it ought to appear is acceptable. OTOH people have always monkeyed with images -- it's just much easier to do now.

Also, it's very easy to lie with unaltered images, by photographing from misleading perspectives, cropping, agenda-driven selection/deselection of subjects or simply by staging the whole thing. We all know of instances where MSM have done these things (see the brilliant Zombietime site for some recent examples). It looks to me that some of the media outrage that is expressed when one of their group is caught in some minor photoshopping is really an attempt to divert attention from worse abuses that are their stock in trade.

MSM video, where images, particularly from interviews, are routinely cut and spliced to make particular points, is even worse.

Another way to put it might be: The camera doesn't lie but journalists do.

Posted by: Jonathan on March 30, 2006 8:41 AM

Since I'm feeling very Miss Mary Sunshine this morning, I'll chip in this thought ... Given that every published still image goes through Photoshop these days (a very few exceptions allowed for), maybe what's amazing isn't that a few journalistic photographs do get souped-up in morally dicey ways. Maybe what's amazing is that Photoshoppy opportunities are abused as seldom as they are.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on March 30, 2006 10:36 AM

Those cellphone pictures are great. Shows...if you've got a photographic eye, you can take pics with anything. And THESE aren't photoshopped!

Posted by: annette on March 30, 2006 10:41 AM

Thanks for the link to the cellphone pics. They're some great shots there.

Posted by: claire on March 30, 2006 3:57 PM

The cellphone photos are great ! Thanks. But the NG photo.. should be on a graphics magazine instead.

look fr studioLDA

Posted by: look and sook yin on April 5, 2006 11:56 AM

Some great photos.......

Posted by: Fifa World Cup on April 12, 2006 7:06 AM

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