The culture of airbrushing

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Subject: The culture of airbrushing
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:22:39 +1000
The recently discussed business of the modification of the published Night Parrot photos raises the cultural issue of what used to be known as "airbrushing". Many photos of celebrities and fashion models were enhanced, so that the individuals looked perfect. Similarly the recordings of many music artists are tweaked to make them sound better.

The net result is that we have a culture where people not only feel the need for cosmetic alteration to make themselves look better, they can never look as good as the airbrushed models.

I wonder if something similar is happening with wildlife pictures. Are people now wanting the birds they photograph to look better in the photos than they did in reality? Where do you draw the line in how far it is acceptable to modify a photo that is being published for documentary purposes (as opposed to artistic endeavour)?

Regards, Laurie.

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