Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Picture that lies

This is the picture I chose. It looks appealing to me at the first sight. Because it gives a very strong comparison of the photo before/after it has been manipulated and immediately gives us a different feeling toward the picture.
The photo at the left side is an original mug shot of O.J.Simpson that has been published on the cover of Newsweek, but the picture at the right side is the same mug shot appeared on the June 1994 cover of Time magazine after Simpson's arrest on murder chargers. This picture was manipulated by making it much more darker and appears on a shadowed background. It stimulates a negative feeling toward Simpson since he has committed a murder and the magazine imposes that on his picture in order to show his current image and status.
I do not think the manipulation is that harmful even though Time magazine was subsequently accused of manipulating the photograph. As Simpson has been convicted of murder which already destroyed his reputation, so it does not really matter how bad his photo looks on the magazine.


  1. Excellent analysis - scary photo!

  2. You make a good point, Rella. He's already in trouble, so what does it really matter?