Last Friday, Pakistani official Shaukat Yousafzai addressed the public in a press conference which was live streamed on Facebook. It wouldn’t have been anything unordinary if his face hadn’t been modified with the “cat filter.” During the live stream, the politician appeared with digital cat ears, whiskers and rosy cheeks, which turned the press conference into a sort of comedy.
The interim president of Kazakhstan Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev has been in the center of a recent Photoshop fail. In his official images, the leader’s face has been so obviously beauty-retouched, that they look like he applied beauty filters for Instagram. And as an assumption goes, it’s all done to make him look as a younger and as a “fresh face.”
In the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv, local politicians are seeking to cancel a photography exhibition because if features LGBT themes. The exhibition, titled Balkan Pride, is due to open in July. However, some politicians claim that they are ready to use both legal and illegal means to prevent it from being opened.
The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, has reportedly fired his personal photographer for the weirdest of reasons. According to a couple of sources, the photographer was taking photos of Kim Jong-un when he blocked the crowd’s view of him. With a flash. For three seconds. As a result, he was reportedly kicked off of his job, as well as from Workers’ Party of Korea.
Stock footage and stills are used for more purposes than we can imagine, but they are often used in political campaign ads, even if the message they send is sometimes a little confused.
In Marco Rubio’s case, it sends the message that his editing team aren’t very good at proofing the footage they license.
In the opening sequence of this Reagan-inspired video, voiced over by the phrase “It’s morning again in America”, we see a the sun rising over the Canadian city of Vancouver, originally shot by Guy Chavasse last year.
Yanai Yechiel was commissioned to photograph a politician running in the Israeli Labor Party primaries. Since it was a small campaign, there was a very limited budget and the photo was to be used only for the internal elections, he accepted the PR company’s request and did the job for a modest price.
You can imagine his surprise, and anger, when 18 months later he discovered the photo was being used as one of the main images in the nationwide campaign for the politician who is currently leading the polls for the general elections and may be Israel’s next Prime Minister.
The developments in this case emphasize the importance of having a written contract, clearly covering all your bases.