Photo Manipulation

Tools for Detecting Image Manipulation: Coming Soon

Posted by on Wednesday May 30, 2012 | Photo Manipulation

Imagine if there were a reliable tool for detecting manipulation and Photoshopping in photos that every photo desk or photo contest juror could use.  Manipulated photos could be screened from photojournalism contests before they cause a scandal, news photographers might be deterred from trying to punch up their images, and PDN Pulse might have fewer... More

Arizona Considers Anti-Photoshop Law

Posted by on Thursday February 23, 2012 | Photo Manipulation

An Arizona legislator has introduced a bill to make it illegal to run print ads in the state that have been Photoshopped, unless viewers are notified that the image has been altered. The bill’s sponsor, state representative Katie Hobbs of Phoenix, told the Arizona Republic that she introduced the bill at the urging of the... More

More Ads Banned in Britain! This Time, Due to Sexism

Posted by on Thursday February 16, 2012 | Photo Manipulation

What would we do without our busy friends at the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)?  Every few months, this regulatory body bans an ad it deems unacceptable. In the past year, ASA has banned fashion and cosmetics ads for being overly Photoshopped and misleading, for fostering anorexia, and for encouraging young girls to sit on... More

Official News Agency of a Totalitarian Regime Doctored a News Photo. Imagine That.

Posted by on Thursday December 29, 2011 | Photo Manipulation, Photos In The News

The photo of the funeral of Kim Jung-Il distributed by the Korean Central News Agency, the official news agency of North Korea, was stunning: Limousines driving in formation behind a giant portrait of the Supreme Leader, rows of mourners lining their route, snow whitening the ground, a giant North Korean flag billowing majestically at the... More

Ad Banned in UK for Showing Super Skinny Model

Posted by on Friday November 11, 2011 | Fashion, Photo Manipulation

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in Britain has banned a fashion ad that shows a model who appears to be painfully underweight. Ironically, the model, whose upper arm circumference makes us think about malnutrition, appears in an ad for a clothing company called “Drop Dead.” The British advertising publication Campaign reports that the ASA said... More

Photoshopped Ads Banned in Britain!

Posted by on Monday August 8, 2011 | Photo Manipulation

Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered cosmetic maker L’Oréal to pull two heavily retouched ads–one of actress Julia Roberts and the other of model Christy Turlington–on the grounds that the ads are misleading, according to press reports. Of an ad for L’Oréal’s Lancôme brand featuring Roberts, the ASA said, “we could not conclude that... More

Another Photo Manipulation Case Raises Question: Is the Penalty High Enough?

Posted by on Monday July 11, 2011 | Photo Manipulation, Photojournalism

Just firing news photographers who manipulate images doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, because photographers keep doing it. This time it was freelancer Miguel Tovar, who was on assignment for the AP at the Copa America soccer tournament in Argentina. His crime, as Poynter reports, was to obscure his own shadow in the foreground... More

UPDATED: If White House Releases ‘The Photo,’ Will Conspiracy Theorists Believe?

Posted by on Tuesday May 3, 2011 | Media, Photo Manipulation

Helene Cooper at the New York Times has a post today on The Caucus Blog that reports the White House is “leaning towards” releasing photographic evidence of Bin Laden’s killing. “It looks like him, covered in blood, with a hole in his head,” an unnamed official told Cooper. There are reasons the White House wouldn’t... More