Photo-editing software has never been easier or more affordable; just check out Instagram for confirming evidence of that. In light of this, various artists have begun to change the way we view the rich tapestry of our history; specifically, the way we look at iconic photographs. Rendering these historical icons in a new light, we must ask ourselves if the alterations are poignant and reveal an added dimension to the photos’ subjects, or if they’re potentially blasphemous in their intentional undermining of the photos’ organic–and highly recognized–form.
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Does the historical importance of the photo lie in the subject captured, or in the preservation of the way in which he or she was captured and subsequently viewed since its existence? This recent trend has sparked many debates; but either way, these dynamic new views introduce formerly listless two-dimensional pieces of yesteryear to a whole new audience.