Anorak News | Syrian State Media Photoshops Assad With New Governor Of Hama (Photo)

Syrian State Media Photoshops Assad With New Governor Of Hama (Photo)

by | 14th, July 2011

TO Syria, for an audience with Bashar Assad. We’re a bit anxious about seeing the local despot in the flesh. But with any luck Sana, Syria’s state-run news service, will just photoshop us into the meeting – like it did with the new governor of Hama. Before Anorak joins with Martin Luther King,The Pope, Kelly Brook, Thierry Henry, John Lennon and Angelina Jolie also join us, we look at evidence of photo manipulation – or what editors of fashion magazines call “selling the brand”.

You can see the click on this big image above (via The Atlantic Wire) and see if the Washington Post photo editors are right and Assad’s right foot is in front of the table leg. Also:

looks as if someone selected the the bodies and heads with the lasso tool and then adjusted the contrast and brightness, leaving a black outline at the tool’s selection boundary.

The Guardian adds:

The Guardian’s imaging expert David McCoy believes two pictures have been merged to make it seem like the men are in the same room, with the one on the right positioned fractionally higher than the one on the left. This becomes clearer when you look closely at the floor, which is distorted. The right hand side of the picture has been stretched downwards into place to line up with the left side (which is not distorted).

What the hell is Assad looking at? Is David Beckham about to pop in carrying Nelson Mandela on his back?

Tsk! What would Hosni Mubarak say?



Posted: 14th, July 2011 | In: Politicians Comment | TrackBack | Permalink