Thursday, 20 November 2008

US General's Tart-up

General Ann Dunwoody before & after digital tart-up (2008)You can't trust those chaps at the Pentagon. Here are two versions of General Ann Dunwoody, in the news for gaining an extra star. On the left is the untouched photo. On the right is the digitally enhanced photo with General Dunwoody looking a bit like a young and suntanned Doris Day against the US flag. Calamity Jane: "I just blew in from the windy city ... tra la la." The Associated Press (AP) news agency, which prides itself on distributing accurate photos, spotted that some dirty artwork was afoot and issued this comparison. It has suspended the use of US Department of Defence photos. Click the title link for a bigger graphic.


At 20/11/08, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems a bit of fuss to make about an innocuous background replacement to me. After all, it was a promo pic of the promoted general, not a warzone shot.

And at least it wasn't a "doctored" picture of a pile of weapons of mass destruction! Although, thinking about it, I am sure the Pentagon would have liked to do that....


At 20/11/08, Blogger Lennard Grahn said...

Hmm...beautification of the ruling elite - just like the old masters of painting...

At 20/11/08, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Beagle

I wonder why the Pentagon didn't try that!

AP sells its photos worldwide, and if it starts selling Photoshop fakes it will swiftly lose a huge volume of business.

Take a closer look at the general. The artist knocked years off her age. She looks like her own daughter!

At 20/11/08, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Lennard

You're absolutely right. That hadn't occurred to me!


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