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Framing The World Through My Photographs

Assignment 1 – Celebrities, Are They Real? – relating to Ritchins text

In todays media we are bombarded with images of celebrities as they are constantly subjected to the photographic lens, whether it be for paparazzi, advertisement or film. Most of these images are put out in the media to show the public the ideal figure,skin hair, etc .

BUT ARE THESE IMAGES REAL???

With computer software such as Photoshop, images are so easily changes, Fred Ritchin refers to this in his text ‘ the pixelated press’, ‘ Now it has become increasingly available for use in journalistic photographs as publishers’ computer-based systems speed the preparation of text, pictures, and layouts to be transmitted directly to press. Since in this process photographs are routinely transformed into digital form, and can as a result be easily modified, editors face and even greater temptation to retouch them, some seven hundred companies now own sophisticated computerised equipment that allows the modification of photographs, include twenty five newspapers, and the number is expected to grow to one thousand five hundred companies in the next five years’.

Below are some example of celebrities that are regally in the press that have been photoshopped.

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How does the viewer know what image is true if they don’t have the knowledge of what happens to photographs in post production.

Fred Ritchin said ‘The viewer must question the photograph at the basic level of fact’ – how much can we believe in an image these days?

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This entry was posted on March 8, 2013 by in Creative Digital Practice.
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