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Topic: Image manipulation
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Image manipulation
Manipulated images are powerful. Some seem plausible, yet are deceptive, while others are instantly recognisable as fakes. Whether obvious, subtle or hidden, manipulated images influence our cultural perception – and the meanings we create for ourselves as we view them. Our willingness to produce and consume manipulated images reflects our desire to manipulate the world in which we live – for better or worse – and shapes our understanding of reality. From spirit photography to celebrity cover-stars, airbrushing to double exposure, this topic examines the phenomenon of image manipulation, considering its past, present and future in three key areas: images of ourselves; images in advertising; and images as evidence.
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Topic section: Images of ourselves
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Mainstream celebrity culture thrives on youthfulness, beauty, health, wealth and social connections. Celebrities tread a fine line between controlling the exploitation of their image and being exploited by it. Glamour photography, Hello and OK!-style magazines and the paparazzi offer varying ways of perceiving celebrity.  > more

Topic section: Images in advertising
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Advertisers often manipulate images to help sell their products by making reality look more desirable. They keep producing new, more seductive images to replace those that are past their ‘use-by’ date so as to lock us into a cycle of spending and consuming.  > more

Topic section: Images as evidence
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The news constantly reminds us of the importance of the image in politics. Joseph Stalin and other dictators have often manipulated images. Illusionists and con-men have also realised that doctored images could be a powerful weapon in their armoury.  > more
 
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