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Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty

A group term project for CPSC 203, discussing the issues relating to photographic manipulation and self perception.

Photoshopping and manipulating photos has become such a regular occurence that we often see many distorted images on a daily basis without questioning them. Photos have been altered for hundreds of years with the earliest practices having taken place around the American Civil War. Before computers, photo manipulation was achieved by retouching with ink, paint, double-exposure, piecing photos or negatives together in the darkroom, or scratching Polaroids. Technology has changed and allowed the alterations to become much easier and significantly more complex all while giving amateurs the ability to alter their personal photos. Issues that have risen with the increased use of photoshop are seen to occur mostly in journalism and advertisment and have placed an immense amount of pressure on young females to achieve the look of the technologically altered ideal of women.

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