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July 8, 2009 9:58 AM   Subscribe

Real or Fake? From the Life Magazine photographic archives.
posted by netbros (34 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Fake. I can tell from the pixels. And having seen a lot of shops.
posted by Naberius at 10:03 AM on July 8, 2009 [9 favorites]

Ask unixrat.
posted by gman at 10:08 AM on July 8, 2009 [13 favorites]

Show me someone that goes through all 34 pages of these and I'll show you someone who should get the hell back to work (and, needs to google "get a life"!).

I missed one on the first page, deemed it too easy and came back here to snark. Snarking is more fun!
posted by HuronBob at 10:09 AM on July 8, 2009

Man with revolving head is served a beer.

33% got that right. All were women.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:10 AM on July 8, 2009

Sorry, that was a callout to an internet meme that is maybe not as widely known as I thought.
posted by Naberius at 10:11 AM on July 8, 2009

There's only three and a half pages (34 pics). I got all but three right. Because of the pixels, and the shops of my days, and etc.
posted by damehex at 10:20 AM on July 8, 2009

That picture of ¸ÅÒ˝Ø was totally fake.
posted by Mister_A at 10:21 AM on July 8, 2009

Also, there's a series of photos of tennis skirts–only one fake in that whole bunch!
posted by Mister_A at 10:23 AM on July 8, 2009 [1 favorite]

Step up ladies and gentleman and see the lion man, straight from the jungles of Africa, alive on our stage. Half man, half beast.
posted by Xurando at 10:23 AM on July 8, 2009

I was hoping this would be a very different web site. :(
posted by mazola at 10:47 AM on July 8, 2009 [1 favorite]

Best of teh webs?
posted by Windopaene at 10:53 AM on July 8, 2009

I am unclear how the aborigines in Chicago photo is a fake? It was photoshopped? Or are they just not actual aborigines? In which case the photo is real, the people are fake.
posted by MrBobaFett at 10:59 AM on July 8, 2009

I got everything on the first page correct, sweet!
posted by Del Far at 11:06 AM on July 8, 2009

MrBobaFett. Exactly. Is it staged or a composite? Is it a photo of people in aborigine costumes shot in the park or is it... oh nevermind.

I missed the head turn around beer one. I missed the big cat having dental attention. I missed the five legged sheep. I missed the "meat is murder" one and I missed the shark cloud one.

I am clueless, apparently.
posted by bz at 11:12 AM on July 8, 2009

These sorts of things are ridiculously easy when you spend your day compositing effects shots. Poor edges give the fakes away every time.
posted by Construction Concern at 11:14 AM on July 8, 2009

Real or Fake: Life magazine would do a photo set entitled In praise of the tennis skirt.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:19 AM on July 8, 2009 [4 favorites]

In praise of the tennis skirt is a happy lunchtime diversion.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:31 AM on July 8, 2009

...for 20+ minutes the sound of crickets as the site linked above by Brandon Blatcher and with the focus narrowed by KokuRyu is viewed and Mefites try to think of witty comments to post that won't elicit calls of "boyzone"...

Stay tuned.
posted by vapidave at 11:56 AM on July 8, 2009

*crickets* fake ones, but still.
posted by dabitch at 1:00 PM on July 8, 2009

The heart-in-the-eyeball one was just... ewwwwww. Why would anyone do that?
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 1:09 PM on July 8, 2009

Phwoaaaar! How hot is Yannick Noah in a tennis skirt!!!
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:39 PM on July 8, 2009 [1 favorite]

Easy: all the black guys are photoshopped-in.
posted by rokusan at 1:44 PM on July 8, 2009 [1 favorite]

Oooh. That was fun. I had to stop myself from wasting my afternoon.

That Chicago one was strangely out of place- it just looks like a hasty Photoshop, not an actual picture that could be taken into question. Does anyone know of its actual origin? I couldn't find anything (mostly because I can't spell Aborigineannean.... forget it)
posted by Askiba at 1:57 PM on July 8, 2009

Pssshh, half of those were skorts. Waste of my frickin' time.
posted by clorox at 2:27 PM on July 8, 2009

I'll confess: I was hoping this was about boobs.
posted by jamstigator at 3:50 PM on July 8, 2009

jamstigator: to alleviate your disappointment. (NSFW unless you work at a cosmetic surgery practice)
posted by bz at 3:58 PM on July 8, 2009

All photographs are fake. Meaning that they are subjective mediated representations of reality that we have imposed an arbitrary cultural documentary burden upon. Photography is a creative medium that's less than 200 years old; doesn't it it seem a bit early for us to declare what is a "real" or a "not real" photograph? Cameras and Photoshop are all part of the same remote-from-reality, culturally influenced, and potentially deceptive device.

I for one am looking forward to the day when photography is able to shed its documentary role just the way painting was able to following the invention of photography. One day our children's grandchildren may be able to look at a photograph and appreciate it for what it is, and not ask "what is that a photograph of?".
posted by squalor at 4:43 PM on July 8, 2009 [1 favorite]

(and, needs to google "get a life"!)

What's 'life'?

Life's a magazine.

How much does it cost?

posted by nosila at 4:57 PM on July 8, 2009

I'm just glad I wasn't the only one who was too distracted by the tennis skirt thing to complete the real or fake thing.
posted by yhbc at 7:05 PM on July 8, 2009

The tennis skirt thing was a grand slam aces a winner enjoyable.
posted by Mister_A at 8:17 PM on July 8, 2009

posted by UbuRoivas at 8:26 PM on July 8, 2009

Sorry, I don't mean to find fault, but the net result of such comments is something quite different from love.
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:29 PM on July 8, 2009

I know it as:

That's life.

What's life?

A magazine.

How much?

50 cents.

Ain't got it.

That's life.

posted by deborah at 11:03 PM on July 8, 2009

For the purposes of this exercise, what does "fake" mean? There's a picture of a dog and a man which I thought used a trick of perspective (as opposed to 'shopping) to achieve the effect, so I clicked "real". Apparently the correct answer was "fake".
posted by jepler at 8:47 AM on July 9, 2009

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