Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
February 2004: This digital composite of Senator John Kerry and Jane Fonda sharing a stage at an anti-war rally emerged during the 2004 Presidential primaries as Senator Kerry was campaigning for the Democratic nomination. The picture of Senator Kerry was captured by photographer Ken Light as Kerry was preparing to give a speech at the Register for Peace Rally held in Mineola, New York, in June 1971. The picture of Jane Fonda was captured by Owen Franken as Fonda was speaking at a political rally in Miami Beach, Florida, in August 1972.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Original can be found here.
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The model standing up in the background is missing a leg
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Scotland-based artist Lola Dupre cuts up photographs and collages the snips into mind-bendingly weird and witty deformed portraits. She is a master of scissors, glue, and surrealism. Hi-Fructose posted an interview with Dupre and includes shots of the cutting room floor too. From Hi-Fructose:
First an image for manipulation has to be selected and sometimes this is what takes most of my time. Going into a project I often have a very fixed idea of what I want to work with: finding the image with the right background, foreground, resolution, and content can take all day sometimes! I usually search Google images for sources, or alternatively I scan images that myself or my contacts have.
When I have selected the right image to use, I crop and print this at various sizes and edits on various sizes of paper. Working like this, the only limitation is the resolution of the source image. I am currently planning to do some giant paste up art works on buildings and walls, and this requires just the same formula but slightly tweaked...
Originally I would cut up perhaps two or three images or work from a small handful of duplicates. But with time my technique has developed and now I need more! This is just technique development - like how a young painter might begin work with just a few colours of poster paints and one large brush, and years later they are working with multiple colours and honed techniques to blend and create with all the experiences they have learned through practice and exploring their medium.
For me, I take a certain delight in the ready-made colour schemes and the detail of the images I work from.
Lola Dupre interview
'On the wet windy evening of January 22, a youthful band of idealists went to a lonely cabin in the Maryland woods.' Thus begins one of the odder stories LIFE magazine ever published -- a straightforward, tongue-nowhere-near-cheek account of a 1942 'hex party' convened with one aim in mind: 'to kill Adolf Hitler by voodoo incantation.' According to LIFE, the party, held six short weeks after Germany, Italy, and Japan declared war on the United States, featured 'a dressmaker's dummy, a Nazi uniform, nails, axes, tom-toms and plenty of Jamaica rum,' and was inspired by a book by occultist and writer William Seabrook that was popular at the time: Witchcraft: Its Power in the World Today.
Putting A Hex On Hitler, 1942
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
"These days you only get two kinds of pictures of celebrities - paparazzi pictures or pictures like these which have been highly styled, buffed, trimmed and altered to make the subject look as good as is humanly possible."
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
From the LIFE magazine September 9, 1966 cover story about psychedelic art:
'Amid throbbing lights, dizzying designs, swirling smells, swelling sounds, the world of art is 'turning on.' It is getting hooked on psychedelic art, the latest, liveliest movement to seethe up from the underground.'
More LIFE images from that story and the 1960s psychedelic culture
Here is another great example of early image manipulation. This heroic looking guy is Ulysses S. Grant, US general of the Union Army during the American Civil War. The image is supposed be showing him with his troops at City Point, Virginia. But it was discovered that Grant was not in that location and was not even photographed on a horse.
(1) the head was taken from a portrait; (2) the horse and body is from a photo of Alexander M. McCook; and (3) the background is of a confederate prison camp.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
This is the craziest thing that I have seen, maybe ever.... This video software removes elements live and on the fly. The program called Diminished Reality is still in its earliest versions, it will be really interesting to see how this is used. I have a feeling it will become an "app" the people can play with on their phones, but it could have better uses - like removing background elements from film shoots that would otherwise be an expensive post production step. Of course, it can easily be used mischievously by "news" organizations...
November 1997: After 58 tourists were killed in a terrorist attack at the temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor Egypt, the Swiss tabloid Blick digitally altered a puddle of water to appear as blood flowing from the temple. On the surface it does not seem like a big manipulation, the color is changed across the whole image, just a simple color cast change. How do you feel about this kind of image manipulation?
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Can you spot who doesn't belong??? In this 1960 Olympic photograph the US Team had just defeated the Soviet Union but three of the team's players did not stick around long enough to get into the shot. So they just pasted their faces over three less important players I guess...
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
This August 1989 cover of TV Guide used a photo of Ann Margret with Oprah's head pasted on... Didn't Oprah's weight used to change all the time? I cannot remember if she was fat or thin in 1989, plus I was only 6. Maybe that is why they elected to use a different body though.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
In order to create a more heroic portrait of himself, Benito Mussolini had the horse handler removed from the original photograph. This photograph is from 1942.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
In the comments since I have been posting some historical image manipulations it seems like a lot of people have been asking about how images were edited before the electronic age. No, I don't think it was much like this image above - but I am doing some research and hope to post some kind of guide or tutorial in the near future!
In this photo from 1976 the so called "gang of four" were removed for a memorial ceremony for Mao. Not long ago there was much speculation the Kim Jung Il had either died or was seriously ill - the North Korean government press was accused of manipulating images of the dictator into recent photographs to trick everyone into thinking he was ok. I'll have to look for some of those images to post.