Photo Retouchers Still Making Fake People, Still Acknowledging This Is a Problem

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The New York Times has an interesting video on photo retouching in fashion magazines and advertisements. They talk to retouchers, who show how dramatically they can alter an image. Skin tones are changed, freckles are removed, bodies are slimmed, two people are combined to make one — nothing you didn't already know occurs, but always fascinating to see. France is attempting to enact laws that require magazines to disclose the extent to which images are altered. In the meantime, photo retouchers continue down the path of well-paid self-loathing. [NYT]