Analysis Of Retouch Yourself : The Pleasures And Politics Of Digital Cosmetic Surgery

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In chapter nine of Digital snaps: the new face of photography, titled Retouch Yourself: The pleasures and politics of digital cosmetic surgery, written by Tanya Sheehan, who is an associate professor and chair of the department of art at Colby College. She discusses the effect of the Photoshop look on society, and how with technology progressing it has become easier to create and have the perfect body look you have always wanted. The questions being raised throughout the chapter is if this new founded process was morally right, is it right to remove someone’s identity and imperfections just so they can fit into this bracket of being perfect. A debate in 1982 asked commercial operators this: “If a person has an habitual freckled face, and…show more content…
Is this kind of modification on images something we should be accepting? As this adds the extra pressure on people in society to look a certain way to not become an outcast. Digital Snaps: the new face of photography has given me a good introduction and insight to the negative side of photo manipulation, the way that Sheehan writes is very clear and informative and this is what has allowed to gain such a wider knowledge around photo manipulation which will now help me with my further research by giving me a wider range of discussion to explore. Each Wild Idea; writing, photography, history written by Geoffrey Batchen was published in 2001. Batchen is a professor of the History of Photography and Contemporary Art at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Much like Digital Snaps: the new face of photography, Each Wild Idea; writing, photography, history discusses and explores the history of photography in many areas, including the many issues that were come across over the years, including photo manipulation. Throughout Batchen reflects on the history of photography and does this by giving specific examples of photographs that are relatable to what he is discussing. Batchen also discusses how we have become accustomed to this modification and whether or not we should be accepting it. In chapter six of Each Wild Idea; writing, photography,

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