Exhibit A: Soldier in Basra, LA Times, March 2003
What does this composite photo connote that the other two don't? Why would it have been altered this way? What message is the photographer/publisher/PhotoShopper trying to get across?
More at this great article: 10 News Photos That Took Photoshop Too Far
Example #2: Kim Karadashian in the (very classy) Complex magazine
First, let's just look at this image. What does the clothing, pose, lighting, makeup, etc. in the shots connote ? And, again, what ideological function does the alteration have?
The issue here really isn't just that the images are digitally manipulated - we can take that as a given. The question is: WHY are these images digitally altered, and what does the way in which they are altered tell us about representation, myth, and ideology?