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This post is old… It's probably been exported and imported from at least three different blogging platforms over the year. That probably means that there are broken images and links. If the post is technical in nature, any adivce is out of date and irrelevant. Or more likely, it was the wafflings of bored-past me with too much time on his hands. If it is the latter I would probably cringe if I re-read it. But it's here because it's part of my past, not my present.
"...We have discovered that Boing Boing... has reproduced and displayed one of the advertisements without PRL's authorisation... [boring waffle]... as such, we ask that you remove this infringing material."The full notice is here. This is one of the best methods for making sure that the picture spreads all over the internet and fast. And that is exactly what happened! So after a lot of back and forth Ralph Lauren finally released this:
"For over 42 years, we have built a brand based on quality and integrity. After further investigation, we have learned that we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman's body. We have addressed the problem and going forward will take every precaution to ensure that the caliber of our artwork represents our brand appropriately."I bring this up, however this isn't a new thing, the blog; Photoshop Disasters has been around for a very long time bring the best failures from photoshopers around the world. But it's not as if people haven't stood up and tried to point out that the amount of photoshopping that is going on is ethically grey; it gives people the wrong impression. Take for example the fantastic example of what Dove did a couple of years ago with the Campaign for Real Beauty. Their evolution advert was one of the best advert I have ever seen (see below).