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Evening Standard Apologizes After Altering Solange's Hair in Photo

She gets an official apology after calling out magazine

(Newser) - Solange Knowles sat down with the Evening Standard for its ES magazine recently, but when the October issue came out, something was missing: her hair. Solange is featured on the cover, but the distinctive circular braid atop her head is not. Last week, she posted the original photo, braid intact,... More »

North Korea Is Hiding Kim's Ears

Experts pick up on regular photoshopping

(Newser) - Millions of Americans have something in common with Kim Jong Un: He, too, appears to be self-conscious about his body—specifically, his ears. North Korea has strangely taken to photoshopping its leader's ears, which a pair of non-proliferation experts picked up on, reports Motherboard . While North Korea's habit... More »

Fitness Blogger Lifts the Lid on 'Before and After' Photos

Sara Puhto shows how posing and lighting can do wonders

(Newser) - It's not far-fetched for fans of fitness blogger Sara Puhto, who has amassed more than 66,000 followers on Instagram , to think this image is a before-and-after montage. After all, she's done her fair share of such "transformation" photos. But in the recent post, she files a... More »

Indian Government Busted in Epic Photoshop Fail

The prime minister didn't really see that very clear flood image out his window

(Newser) - India's government likely hoped that sharing a photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the site of intense flooding in Chennai would comfort victims. Instead it led to widespread mockery since it was obvious that the image was doctored. "We are all pained by the devastation in [Tamil... More »

Lawyer Photoshopped Herself Into Star Pics: Judge

Images on website of Svitlana Sangary with Obama, Kim K, others were 'deceptive'

(Newser) - California attorney Svitlana Sangary apparently wanted to drum up publicity for her firm, so she posted some 50-plus pics of herself on her work website posing with a variety of high-profile luminaries, the Los Angeles Times reports. There she is, mugging with the likes of Kim Kardashian, George Clooney, the... More »

High School Secretly Edits Girls' Yearbook Pics

Students upset edits weren't consistent

(Newser) - Flipping through their yearbooks, female students at Wasatch High School in Utah noticed something amiss. While one girl wore a tank top on picture day, she appeared in a t-shirt in her photo. She wasn't the only one to have her picture edited: Necklines were raised, sleeves were added,... More »

Muslims Slam Iran Prez for Touching Chavez's Mom

Photoshopped version of image sparks online debate

(Newser) - So much for comforting the grief-stricken: A photo of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad consoling the mother of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has sparked political controversy in Iran, the BBC reports. Conservatives, already irate over the president's eulogy for Chavez, said he had committed a sin by touching the... More »

Now Magazines Airbrush Models Bigger

And some say it's just as controversial as the opposite

(Newser) - Not long ago, all the controversy surrounding magazine airbrushing seemed to focus on models and actresses being made to appear way too thin (to the point that some actually lost limbs ), but not so anymore. These days, magazines are increasingly Photoshopping models to appear heavier, because that's what... More »

Was This Pic of 9/11 Suspect Smuggled Out of Gitmo?

Officials scrambling to find out how photos landed on jihadist website

(Newser) - US officials are at a loss to explain how apparently recent photos of the suspected 9/11 master plotter ended up on a jihadist website . They fear the photos may have been taken and smuggled out of Guantanamo Bay. The photos show a calm, often smiling Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other... More »

Arizona Bill Would Expose Airbrushed Ads

Photoshopped models would require disclaimer

(Newser) - If you're going to airbrush a woman in an ad, you must include a disclaimer exposing the wrinkle-hiding, curve-thinning lie—at least if an Arizona lawmaker gets her way. The proposed bill seeks to make it illegal in the state for advertisers to enhance a photograph without attaching a... More »

New Tool Reveals, Ranks Photoshopping

Labels digitally altered images from 1 to 5

(Newser) - Highly altered images of models and celebrities in fashion magazines have come under increasing scrutiny, with France even proposing that all airbrushed pictures come packaged with a health warning . A new tool could make that easier, as it analyzes photographs to detect digital retouching, Wired reports. Publishers have “gone... More »

Chinese Mock 'Worst Photoshop Ever'

Nation laughs at pic of levitating officials

(Newser) - A badly doctored propaganda photo has made hapless officials in China's Huili county the laughing stock of a nation of 1.3 billion people. The photo on the rural county's website appeared to show county officials levitating above the road project they were inspecting, the Guardian reports. The... More »

Jewish Paper That Zapped Clinton: Oops, Sorry

'Der Tzitung' is really, really sorry about Photoshop adventure

(Newser) - The Hasidic newspaper that Photoshopped Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason out of the iconic Situation Room photo is backpedaling quickly, reports the Washington Post. Because of "laws of modesty" and religious beliefs, Der Tzitung says in a statement that "we are not allowed to publish pictures of women,... More »

Scott Brown Fooled by Fake Photo of bin Laden

Senator says image was 'not authentic'

(Newser) - The advice bears repeating: Beware links promising photos of a dead Osama bin Laden . And now we can add: Especially, if you're a US senator. Scott Brown admitted he got fooled today, reports the Boston Globe . In an interview with a Boston TV station earlier in the day, he... More »

Obama Conspiracist Needs Photoshop Lesson

President may not be in that photo, but his knee sure is

(Newser) - An author on a mission to prove President Obama is a fraud asserts that a widely circulated photo of Barack Obama with his grandparents is a fake. In his YouTube video, Jack Cashill explains that Obama has been Photoshopped to appear between his grandparents, and he offers up what he... More »

Nefertiti Had a 'Facelift'

Better nose, fewer wrinkles

(Newser) - It turns out the lovely Nefertiti wasn't quite the sylph-like sphynx we all imagine her to be. The sun-worshiping Egyptian queen appears to be the beneficiary of what amounts to ancient Photoshopping, notes the Independent . A 3,000-year-old bust of Nefertiti in a Berlin museum that the world knows as... More »

Egypt Paper Caught Doctoring Mubarak Photo

State newspaper tried to depict him leading the way in peace talks

(Newser) - Egypt's state-run paper got caught doctoring a photo (badly) to try to inflate the role of President Hosni Mubarak in the new Mideast peace talks. The photo in Al-Ahram this week showed Mubarak walking in front of other world leaders down a red carpet at the White House. In reality,... More »

There's Nothing Wrong With Retouching

Nothing, as long as you view it as art

(Newser) - We love to hate retouched photos (click here , here , or here for evidence)—but why? We claim to be concerned about the self-esteem of young girls who might be influenced by these unrealistic pictures, but the truth is, "the endless cavalcade of before-and-after shots is an outgrowth of the... More »

BP Admits Doctoring Gulf Photos

Staff ordered to stop Photoshopping crisis images

(Newser) - BP has told its staff to stop altering images on its Gulf crisis website after sharp-eyed bloggers spotted some clumsy Photoshopping. One image of a crisis center was altered to make it appear as if all the screens were in use. Another photo, taken from a helicopter on the deck... More »

Health Mag Ripped for 'Fattening Up' Cover Model

Critics lash emaciated model whitewash

(Newser) - Another magazine is in trouble for altering a model's photograph—but this time it's for "fattening her up" rather than slimming her down. Healthy packed as much as 44 pounds on the waif-like Kamilla Wladyka when she turned up at a photo shoot looking "really thin and unwell,... More »

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