So Who Can Pull It Off?

November 5, 2009

The catching and exposure of these photo fakers makes me wonder who are the people that can pull it off, but not only legally, but be recognised for it too.

Photoshop, the manipulation programme developed by Adobe that has taken teh world of photography by storm is commonly used today to intentionally manipulate and perfect any given photo. The program has encouraged competitors world wide and sparked millions of circulating photos of what seems could be real. Contrary to all the fakes going around the world, there are talented artists whose either job or hobby it is to use photoshop to its fullest extent.

“It is the current market leaderfor commercial bitmap and image manipulation software, and is the flagship product of Adobe Systems. It has been described as “an industry standard for graphics professionals”[1] and was one of the early “killer applications” on the Macintosh, later also for the PC.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Photoshop 05/11/09


The photoshop user awards website is used to recognise these talented artists who seem to put the deceitful programe to good, honest use.


Some of the best in the photoshop world include the Dwight Pritchett photo ‘No Air’.

No Air

http://www.photoshopuserawards.com/winners.php   05/11/09

The Big Swallow By Steve McGhee

Photo Illustration is the art form using computer software and photo imaging to form a piece of art. The use of Photoshop and similar programmes is clearly recognised and the issue of ‘fake or real’ doesn’t come close to discussion. In the world of photo illustration the reality of the photo isn’t relevant and the use of the software to ones best ability is rewarded and recognised. The pictures below and above show the talent gone into photo illustration and can be used in journalism.

http://www.spd.org/images/blog/184.jpg 05/11/09

As mentioned earlier, there is no  debate whether or not the image is a fake, or is dishonest because the industry has recognised itself clearly so that no argument can be debated. I ask myself if Brian Walski knew the issues he was dealing with and what would happen if he crossed the dangerous line. There seems to be no ‘ethical’ pressures in the Photoshop world or photo illustration, even in modern advertising but I wanted to know if Walski had seriously broken a set of rules.


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