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The Politics of Photoshop

Posted on: August 17, 2006

As I read this article, it came to mind once more how publishers, print or electronic can use the power of my favorite design tool to render a person in almost any light they wish. Remember OJ, Osama. There are many more (not all here were done with Photoshop) Then I saw this article. Mr Galloway presents a solid case in this piece and I am not sure why that image of him looks so pixelated and….yellowed. Like he’s sick or something. Hey maybe he is, I don’t know. But from my experience as a graphic designer, context frames the thinking for the content. Hence, to some people once they see this picture beside the copy they may not give the article much credence. For some minds it all it takes is a lo res image with some yellow spots to say, this reporter has lost his marbles. Now I never heard of Mr. Galloway before I came across this article, not even sure how I found it. But a 1 minute Google search found this.

Detriot Free Press – as we say say back home in Jamaica, duh bettah dan dat man!

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2 Responses to "The Politics of Photoshop"

Yorkali, you’re right: context is decisive. However, it may not be a situational context, but an editing one that rules the day.

Seems nothing escapes being “spun.” I remember how the pictures of Civil Rights activists in the 60’s and 70’s were depicted with their mouths open, looking fierce. Photogs were skilled in capturing their passions and turning it into something that struck fear into the hearts of suburbanites.

Pols know that there’s someone in the audience will catch them doing something seemingly strange. On the audio side, Howard Dean’s run for president was derailed for a “Ye-hah” that was spun completely out of proportion.

I guess that graphics designers, who do not have a uniform code of ethics (like journalists), should consider one.

excellent, very interesting that bit about the Civil rights era too.

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