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Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Margaret Russell side-eye

Yesterday, the New York Times delved into the alternative world that is magazine cover photography, exploring the ethics of Photoshopping. Architectural Digest's editrix Margaret Russell crosses her heart and hopes to not lie about her hand in creating hyper-perfect covers:

"[Russell] said that for covers she is comfortable making skies outside windows bluer and flowers on a table more intense. On the June* cover, she had a vase of flowers shifted off-center on a table and she sometimes edits out lighting fixtures on ceilings because it is difficult to read titles over them. But she does not change the color of furniture or remove the Andy Warhol paintings from walls." (Bold mine.)

Except that she did when helming Elle Decor...


And still does as EIC of Architectural Digest...

Note the newly lilac-ed sofa.

*The writer meant the July cover. The June cover is an exterior shot and has no vase of flowers.

Who Can Improve on Nature? Magazine Editors [The New York Times]
The Nine Photoshop'd [sic] Lives of an Elle Decor Cover [Curbed National]
Dear Architectural Digest [Design Crisis]


Modern Country Lady said...

mmmm bizarre..there is a point when " improving" goes way too far.. :-)

Miss Iris said...

Hmm, very interesting. Now I wonder how many covers are "true" and will wonder what they really look like. photo editing has just become something that HAS to be done, even when a picture is perfect the way it is.

5th and State said...

i was aware of photoshopping people, particularly women, but this is another dimension. even looks like she completely changed the rug pattern in the last example........disappointing

my home was once in a mag and the only changes were the artful displays and layout manipulation from the stylist

another great post raina!

Meranda S said...

Excellent post Raina! Photoshop is out of control. This is especially true in fashion magazines. The use of photoshop is giving women an unnatural view of how they SHOULD be, and men an altered view of what a woman should look like. There is such an outcry that magazines are featuring celebrites without any enhancements, and the magazines are selling! It is not a surprise to see that interior design magazines are now doing this.

Lausi said...

This is interesting. It never even occurred to me that someone would photoshop interior pics.

Changing the colors of furniture and "removing" pictures and stuff? Seriously?!?

Strange that!