the war of retouching...
Tonight, on Channel Ten "The Project", the presenting crew had a segment with a forceful mum complaining about a photographer having dared to offer to retouch her kid's school pictures... Oulalah It hurts... But?
Hey! Mum! it's only an option... You do not have to agree... But the sharp-eyed mum complained that the next step would be compulsory retouching without being asked... By the end of the spiel, the "whole" studio was behind her... BOLLOCKS... It has always been an option for school kids, even if we don't remember...
Retouching pictures has been a trade since photography began...
Pictures from WWI were often retouched: some photographers in the field not seeing enough soldiers or smoke added "some", as to give "their" account of battles...
And the retouching industry is booming. Ask all those movie stars, whose bum lines have been flattered by a bit of the Photoshop brush...
From WWII to the Vietnam war.
Now a retouching and a stolen identity has gone of bit too far:
Vietnam War veteran Kerry Williams just wanted to reclaim his identity, but the Department of Veterans' Affairs and another man's family have been reluctant to hand it back.
For nearly 50 years, a black and white photograph from the battle of Suoi Chau Pha, where six Australians were killed and 14 wounded, gave meaning to Mr William's life. To his family and air force mates, he was the man holding the plasma bottle.
Two years ago, however, his place in history was taken away.RAAF photographer Barrie Ward shot the image on August 6, 1967. The composition is simple but filled with urgency. It shows a man wearing a flight suit, with the surname Williams sewn on his chest.He is hoisting a bottle over an injured digger being borne on a stretcher by three army medics at Nui Dat forward detachment.
With a lit cigarette in his right hand, this older man's eyes are fixed on the injured digger. In the background, an Iroquois helicopter is riddled with bullet holes.'I don't know why or how I survived intact. Sometimes I wished I was wounded or injured,'' said Mr Williams, now 76, and retired in Warners Bay. ''There are things I did over there that I am ashamed of, but I look at that photo now and I am proud, what I did actually meant something, it's positive.''
In 2012, the Department of Veterans' Affairs upset Mr Williams's world. The department altered the photo for its remembrance day poster and calendar. The cigarette was photoshopped out. The bullet holes appeared to be closed over. And, finally, their records replaced Mr Williams in the image. Instead, Dr Jack Blomley, a much-admired former rugby union international and former St Joseph's Hunter's Hill student, was inserted into this nicotine-free version of reality.
The decision literally changed history, splitting military and veterans' associations and leaving two families with ongoing, conflicting claims to that photograph.Kathy Williams, Mr Williams's daughter, said the official records by Mr Ward, the now-dead photographer, stated her father was carrying the plasma bottle.
''He is wearing his flying suit with his surname over his right breast. Dad never loaned his flying suits to anyone. Dad remembers Barrie taking that photo, it's him in the photo, so basically he has been labelled a liar.
''The mistake [the Department of Veterans' Affairs] made caused such a mess, both for dad, our family, Blomley's family, other vets and the department itself,'' Ms Williams said.
''We complained for a long time. The minister never got back to me, but the department told us it had been resolved … when dad told me the photo appeared again with the wrong identity, I couldn't help but think, someone in the department is deliberately playing god once more.''
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/truth-comes-for-vietnam-vet-after-department-played-god-with-famous-photograph-20140301-33soo.html#ixzz2ur3dvCpb
The original picture:
The fag has been removed and the name has been changed...