Re: Viewmate 1385 #general

Ava Cohn <avatom@...>

Ian has written, "Sometimes what you see just is not real."

Ian is correct. Thanks for bringing up this point. Many times people
were posed for photos and our ancestors also liked to occasionally play
jokes with their photos. Photographers in the last century sometimes
used pen and ink to do what we now call photoshop. They altered photos
to make them look like something else, as in the case of twins Ian stated.
That's why it is so important to have someone look at your photos who
is both knowledgeable about changes in clothing styles and has a trained
eye to be able to see what is real and what is merely theatrical
costumes and ancient photoshopping. As an example, I examined a photo
where a man was shaking hands with an older relative. He was dressed as
a typical American of the time and the older man was dressed straight
out of the shtetl. But on closer inspection, it turned out that the
photo had been altered to make it look like the two were in the same
location when actually they weren't.

Ava Cohn
Long Grove, IL

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