WHY PEOPLE TAMPER WITH PHOTOGRAPHS

Panga Management has come across a great online resource Photo Tampering Throughout History and PM is sure you will all be pleased to know, Its updated frequently. The Citizens fuck up has made the list of  ” the instances that have been most controversial or notorious, or ones that raise the most interesting ethical questions.”  Well done Citizen, PM gives you a well deserved sl.o.o.o.w clap.

There is always a reason for tampering, there is never an “accident” for tampering.

A study by Dario Sacchi, Franca Agnoli and Elizabeth Loftus, published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, shows that people’s memories of events can be altered by viewing doctored images. Read more about that here.

PM cut and pasted some of PM’s absolute favourites from the Photo Tampering Throughout History site.

“Stalin routinely air-brushed his enemies out of photographs. In this photograph a commissar was removed from the original photograph after falling out of favor with Stalin. Circa 1930 ”  AKA  Stalin says “You fuck with me, I tamper with you  – forever” .

“In order to create a more heroic portrait of himself, Benito Mussolini had the horse handler removed from the original photograph. 1942″ AKA Mussolini says ” I’m not afraid of falling of my horse, I’m not Eugene Terre’Blanche ! take that horse handler man out of my picture!”

“A World War II photo published in the Russian magazine Ogoniok shows several Russian soldiers raising the Soviet flag atop the German Reichstag building. At the request of the editor-in-chief of the magazine, the photo was altered prior to publication to remove what appeared to be a watch from the right arm of the solider supporting the flag-bearer. Though in reality the object on his right arm was most likely a compass, there was concern that viewers would conclude that he had watches on both wrists, and take that as evidence that he had been looting. 1945”

“The Israeli newspaper Yated Neeman digitally removed two female Cabinet members from a photo of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center left) and President Shimon Peres (center right), replacing the females with male Cabinet members. The newspaper Yated Neeman is considered to be ultra-orthodox and not supportive of females in the cabinet.”  Yup, that is what Stalin did to !

“This Pulitzer Prize winning photo by John Filo shows Mary Ann Vecchio screaming as she kneels over the body of student Jeffrey Miller at Kent State University, where National Guardsmen had fired into a crowd of demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine. The photo originally featured a visually distracting fencepost behind Mary Ann Vecchio’s head, but this was removed by an unknown photo editor in the early 1970’s. The modified photo then was published in Life magazine and other publications.”

Stick in the head, never a good look.

“An image of an Iranian missile test appeared on the front page of many major newspapers. The image was from the web site of Sepah News, the media arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. After the publication of this photo, it was revealed that the second missile from the right was digitally added to the image in order to conceal a missile on the ground that did not fire. July 2008 ”

and then in July 2012

“Proving that some fake photos refuse to die, the London’s Sunday Times ran a story entitled “Iran issues stark threat to Israel” and accompanied it with the widely debunked and ridiculed Iranian missile test photo ” above.

“Tails magazine needed to post a notice on their blog that a photograph of their October 2010 cover was in fact a fake. The cover featured a photo of TV personality Rachel Ray with the subheading “Rachel Ray finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog.” In fact, the original magazine cover included the necessary commas that significantly alter the meaning of the sentence: “Rachel Ray finds inspiration in cooking, her family, and her dog.” Illustrating the persistent life of online fakes, the magazine needed to repost the notice again in June 2012 when the image went even more widely viral.”

PM is still laughing about this – dogs and family are tasty !

“A magazine ad for an Olay beauty product featuring the model Twiggy was banned in the United Kingdom by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). “Olay is my secret to brighter-looking eyes,” read the ad, and “… reduces the look of wrinkles and dark circles for brighter, younger-looking eyes.” In its ruling, the ASA said that it considered that the post-production retouching of the original ad, specifically in the eye area, could give consumers a “misleading impression of the effect the product could achieve”. An Olay spokesperson said the “minor retouching” had been inconsistent with its policies and it had already replaced the image with one with “no postproduction work in the eye area”.

Aunty Panga thinks there should be an eye cream called “Photoshop in a bottle”

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