And now Time is reporting yet another photoshopped controversy out of North Korea. The photo on top is from Kim Jong Il’s funeral procession distributed by AP on December 28 and the one at the bottom is from the same news agency distributed by Reuters, Agence France-Presse and the European Pressphoto Agency, from
KCNA, North Korea’s state news agency, later in the day. If you see carefully, as
"in the KCNA version, a camera crew and their power cords on the left side of the frame, as well as a couple of stragglers near them, were removed, a patch of blurry snow in their place. Snow was also cloned to cover two other spots in the
photograph." The Time goes on to add: "The big question is why did the North Koreans alter the image?
Aesthetically, the doctored photograph is tad bit cleaner, lines straightened, but hardly improved. Psychologically speaking though, the clone job adds order to an already tidy scene. In the undoctored version, the people on the left are drifting from the crowd, their attention elsewhere. The snow is less white. Both of those problems were easily solved by Photoshop. I’ve been examining photographs released by the KCNA for years and many are strikingly beautiful—enormous, perfectly-positioned crowds, immaculate and intricately composed. Now we may know why."