Apropos the previous post, I think I can say very briefly why I have a problem with composited and heavily manipulated images—it's simply because I don't like looking at them. They don't offer me anything. The more fake a photograph becomes, the more it gives up its potential to tell me something interesting, real, or true, and the less involvement I can muster. Wax fruit, as Gordon says.
It's fine for other people. I have no problem with anyone having an interest in highly stylized or perfected images, any more than I have a problem with other people liking macramé or shoes or pork futures.
I'm only interested in fashion after it's not fashionable any more.
Featured Comment by Melvin Sokolsky: "All photographs of people, whether wearing clothes or nude are fashion pictures. One can date a nude based on, hair style, makeup, palette and gesture.
"Some of the greatest fashion pictures were made by Cartier Bresson. The decision to retouch or use photoshop is the decision of the photographer. In my opinion the new trendy tools have become more important than content.
"I was a friend of Martin Munkacsi. Martin was most interested in ideas, palette, and content; he did very little retouching. Bad pictures are bad pictures whether fashions of the times or street photography.
"Photoshop is a wonderful tool when used properly. When used poorly the images are no longer photography. Overly retouched images in my view are delegated to the word Illustography."
"I retouch my pictures with the lighting."