Photoshop Vandal

Feminist commentary on the standards of beauty? General griping about deception in advertising? Guerilla ad campaign for Adobe? Whatever the artist/vandal’s intent, the posters have served as springboard for many discussions about the use, misuse and prevalence of altered images, definitions of perfection, that you can’t always trust what you see. Plus it’s pretty clever.You can see a gallery of the doctored ads here.And read more about it here.—Kathleen DavisAssistant Editor

Subway posters in Berlin featuring Britney Spears, Leona Lewis and Christina Aguilera have been creatively defaced with large stickers that make the poster look as though it’s opened in a Photoshop window.

Feminist commentary on the standards of beauty? General griping about deception in advertising? Guerilla ad campaign for Adobe? Whatever the artist/vandal’s intent, the posters have served as springboard for many discussions about the use, misuse and prevalence of altered images, definitions of perfection, that you can’t always trust what you see. Plus it’s pretty clever.

Kathleen Davis
Assistant Editor