Excessive Photoshopping in Korean Ads: A Korean Critique

(Source: Busan Focus, p. 15, July 12 2011) It’s strange I know, and it makes me sound facetious too. But I just can’t help it — every time I see excessive photoshopping, I think of Nazis. Specifically, I think of how pervasive antisemitism in the Wiemar Republic undergirded their rise. As Daniel Goldhagen wrote in … Continue reading Excessive Photoshopping in Korean Ads: A Korean Critique

Korean Photoshop Disaster #9: Soju Goggles (Updated)

(Source) Pondering questions about excessive photoshopping in ads for a radio interview I’ll be doing next week, yesterday I would have said that Koreans are so accepting, even welcoming of it, that unfortunately little surprises me anymore. Then I saw the alien that has replaced Lee Da-hae (이다해) on Charm Soju’s (참소주) website… Update – … Continue reading Korean Photoshop Disaster #9: Soju Goggles (Updated)

Korean Photoshop Disaster #8: The 100% Korean Lady Burger

A photoshop disaster, or a deliberate satire of the way models are typically presented on women’s magazine covers? Alas, given how difficult it is to find this particular version, then unfortunately probably the former. But with that face held fast between the “A” and the “D”, as if prepped for cosmetic surgery? That X-line? And … Continue reading Korean Photoshop Disaster #8: The 100% Korean Lady Burger

Korean Photoshop Disaster #7: I hate you Lee Soo-kyeong…

(Sources: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th) No, I don’t really. But, after eating Special K (스페셜K) for years thinking that it was low-fat, only to just discover that it actually has more fat than regular cornflakes, then it’s high time to call Kellogg’s out on the appalling photoshopping of her that’s been greeting me every … Continue reading Korean Photoshop Disaster #7: I hate you Lee Soo-kyeong…

Korean Photoshop Disaster #6: I like it hot, strong, and black! (Updated)

( Source ) Do men pay more attention to men’s chests than women? As a gym addict 10-15 years ago, I read somewhere in a newspaper that they do. And with my self-confidence back then wholly tied to how much I buffed up, it certainly matched my own experience. Unfortunately for the sake of objectivity … Continue reading Korean Photoshop Disaster #6: I like it hot, strong, and black! (Updated)

Korean Photoshop Disaster #5: Girls’ Generation’s legs too fat for China?

( Source ) Given the clear artistic license applied to the other main image in this series, would you say that here too, the graphic designer deliberately intended for members of Girls’ Generation (소녀시대) to look like virtual caricatures of themselves? Update: See Korean Lovers Photoblog for the full series. (For more posts in the … Continue reading Korean Photoshop Disaster #5: Girls’ Generation’s legs too fat for China?