THE PHOTOBOOTH BLOG
March 03, 2005

I had lunch with my friend Nate, whose absent brother has a subscription to Sports Illustrated (notice how I try to separate myself from this magazine). We located the Swimsuit Issue and I carefully removed the photobooth pages for my growing file. Two things of interest: (1) the photobooth used to take the pictures is in need of some attention — pictures are muddy and out of focus signaling time for a chemical change, and (2) a few of the photographs are faked! A pic by pic dissection:

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These three look legit. However, the first one (Ana Beatriz Barros) seems like it was taken at a different time. Much whiter whites, blacker blacks.

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Legit. Yamila Diaz-Rahi’s strip looks like it was pieced together from a few different sittings. (irregular border) [It is probably not a great idea to use “Yamila Diaz-Rahi” and “strip” in the same post — could unwittingly drive mega-traffic to this site]

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The Michelle Alves series seems also pasted together from a few different settings. The border is messed up.

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These all look like they were taken in a booth, but Michelle Lombardo’s strip looks like it originated in a digital machine, while the others look like good old photochemical.

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Jessica Van Der Steen’s is most definitely fake. Too bright, too close, too clear. Can you say “glamour shots”?

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Last page of magazine

These photos obviously did not come from a photobooth, but the distinctive photobooth black frame was used for continuity.