[Also see my 12/27 update: W Korea Takes My Side, Fixes Demi's]

On Tuesday night, I received an aggressive and threatening letter from Martin Singer, Demi Moore’s attorney. It is marked “Confidential Legal Notice – Publication or Dissemination is Prohibited”. However, since Mr. Singer and I have no confidentiality agreement, and it provides essential context to the matter at hand, I have decided to publish it.

I’ll start by expressing how bizarre it feels to be immersed in a controversy that should be no controversy at all. The question of whether a celebrity photo was clumsily retouched is not one I am particularly proud of spending my mental cycles on.

When I originally pointed out (in a friendly, lighthearted way) a simple retouching blooper, I had no inkling of the total shitstorm that would follow. It gained momentum quickly, and I commented to several media outlets on the matter, always sure to frame it fairly: I have no problem with digital retouching (do it all the time), no problem with Demi Moore (she’s a beautiful woman), think the image is a great shot (kudos, Mert and Marcus) – I simply thought the missing hip-chunk was funny. I thought we could all laugh about it for the day (maybe tack it up on a retoucher’s wall of shame) and move on to the far more important things. We are all human; we all make mistakes (me, more than my fair share.)

But as the story gained traction, Ms. Moore published what she claimed was the original, while describing my initial commentary as “bullshit”. Several media outlets backtracked, folding like the lawn chairs so many of them are. Some went so far as to say she had “proven her point” and that I had some apologizing to do. Well, I take no pride in arguing over something so totally vacuous, but I do take great pride in my reputation, my integrity, my visual and creative acumen, and my credibility as a journalistic source. In fact, as Mr. Singer and his client are undoubtedly well aware, I have invested an entire lifetime building them, and my career and livelihood depend on them. And believe it or not, in the eyes of many (especially in a place like Hollywood) something as dumb as this can deal a serious and embarrassing blow.

So I knew sitting idly by while my veracity was attacked was not an option, especially in light of the huge reach of Ms. Moore’s words and my sincere belief that I was right. So after sleeping on it, I put my money where my mouth was and offered $5,000 to a charity of her choosing if she proved it really was the original. Unsurprisingly, my offer fell on deaf ears. In the following weeks it quieted down, and I thought (and hoped) it was over – until I received Mr. Singer’s letter.

I spent several days considering how to respond. On one hand, I do not want a fight over something so pointless; but on the other, my personal reputation is under attack.

Mr. Singer: I did not insinuate that your client was untruthful or hypocritical. I did not imply or infer that the photo was manipulated at her behest. I simply said that the photo had very obvious signs of clumsy retouching, most particularly what appeared to me (and thousands of others) to be a missing chunk of hip.

And I absolutely stand by my statements.

I also have a very hard time understanding what is “defamatory” about describing an image as retouched. Digital retouching is an important part of modern publishing and photography workflow – especially in commercial and editorial fashion photography. As an experienced fashion photographer, I doubt a single image has graced a major magazine cover in the past decade without being altered in some way. Ms. Moore’s implication that her image went straight from camera to cover is incredible, whether she believes it or not. Simply put, this never happens.

In the statements solicited by Mr. Singer, W‘s Dennis Freedman says “no one at the magazine did any retouching of the image.” Fashion photographers Mert and Marcus say there was “ABSOLUTELY no retouching on her hips or waist or legs.” This brings Nick Paumgarten’s 2004 New Yorker article to mind, wherein Mert and Marcus’ digital artistry is discussed extensively. In describing Mert and Marcus’ work, Mr. Freedman himself said:

there is an artificiality about it that can be upsetting.”

Upsetting?? Frankly, I love it! But regardless, their recent statements fail the straight face test. Even without serious digital forensics, zooming in on Ms. Moore’s “original” image reveals either a major physical deformity in her left thumb – or the painfully obvious artifacts of clumsy retouching:

Demi's Jumbled Digits

And digging a bit deeper, if we compare Ms. Moore’s “original” with the final W cover photo, we see unequivocal signs of digital retouching (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Below, I layered the two images atop one other and animated three small sections to accentuate the changes. The loops are very short, so you may have to replay them a couple of times.

One, pay special attention to the area of her hip inside the “R” and against her left hand:

Two, the contours of her right thigh and hand are changed:

Three, the waist and upper chest are tweaked:

And these animations merely represent the changes between Demi’s “original” and the final cover; they say nothing about whatever retouching occurred upstream of the two public images, and the public consensus seems to be that they were significant. Regardless, there can be no doubt as to whether the cover image was retouched.

Mr. Singer describes his client’s appearance of great importance to her career and livelihood. I absolutely understand and respect that, and never said a single negative word in that regard. This was not about her; it was about noticing a mistake. In fact, as this story was exploding and W sat silent, I spoke out in Ms. Moore’s defense several times, even expressing exasperation that she had been forced to explain the mistakes of others. Those remarks are widely available throughout the public record.

I would also like to reiterate that, while my livelihood is not dependent on my appearance (thank God!), it is dependent on my personal reputation and my perception within the media, technology, and entertainment industries as someone of integrity, reliability, and candor. Thus, Mr. Singer, I urge you to seriously consider the damage your client’s public statements have had on me, as well as the serious discrediting effects of the public statements made by those acting at your and your client’s behest. Your collective implications – and actual allegations – that I have been dishonest, deceptive, or defamatory are themselves seriously damaging. This is most particularly true because your allegations are fully and absolutely unsupported by the facts.

Finally, Mr. Singer: your demand that I retract my statements is a demand that I do further unwarranted and costly damage to a reputation you have already deliberately tarnished. Demanding an apology adds insult to this injury. Obviously, neither of these will be forthcoming.

On the contrary, I demand a complete retraction of all statements made or solicited by you, your client(s), and W that denied this retouching, and served to deliberately impugn my credibility and that of countless others who made similarly fair and accurate observations. I further demand a sincere and prominent public apology.

In closing, what might be most surprising about this is that Ms. Moore has clearly embraced the incredible power of the web. As she surely knows, what makes the web beautiful is its rich diversity of opinions and ideas; free expression is in its DNA. But by asking her attorney to intimidate, bully, and silence critics and fans who are guilty of nothing more than speaking unpleasant truths, she is enabling conduct that strikes at the very heart of free expression.

So let’s get this behind us and talk about something that actually matters.

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    2. by Ahmet Can

      Anthony – I can’t believe that it has come to this. I fully understand and support your position on this. I hope this is all cleared up very soon.

    3. I must say that as a model, consultant, and a subscriber to W I’m appalled that a simple retouching error would lead to all of this. It’s no secret that fashion photography is edited prior to final publication so an error should be seen as just that and not an attack on those featured in the photo. Mrs. Moore is undeniable beautiful in spite of this very minor photoshopping accident. Choosing to attack you any further based on this non-issue may make her seem less than that…..

      I wish you all the best Anthony.

      Jillian Hallman

    4. by Jordan Arthur

      I have been following this this whole “saga” from the outset. Anthony I beleive you are 100% right in your observation, not because I am an expert (I dare not claim such a thing) but because even with my un-trained eye I noticed ‘the missing hip’. So I hope the truth dose indeed set certain people free.

    5. by JeffPHenderson

      This whole issue is totally ridiculous. It is not at all about Demi Moore at all. If anyone should take offence, it should be the person who processed and retouched the photo.

      If Martin Singer and the photographers Mert Aais and Marcus Piggott want to prove you wrong. All they have to do is publish the original RAW file from the photo shoot. In fact I dare them to do it. If they believe they are so right on this issue, why haven’t posted the RAW file already? I’m guessing the original RAW file will somehow disappear if this issue goes any further.

    6. by Harvey Ardman

      Anthony, you have proved your point beyond contradiction. The best thing Ms. Moore’s representatives can do now is to shut up and let the thing go away. Demi Moore was, is and will be Demi Moore, and she is extraordinary. In a world that demands perfection, retouching has become a kind of disease which we are all enabling. I would love to meet Demi Moore in person, unretouched and I have no doubt that I would be very taken with her.

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    8. by Kelly

      I almost hope this does go to court, since they very clearly have no case at all and would most certainly be proven wrong.

    9. by Debra Normal

      I’ve been watching this with amusement. Hate to see an honest and professional opinion get you so much grief. I was WONDERING why nobody else mentioned how strange her hands look. All the talk about how beautiful she is; she certainly doesn’t look very beautiful to me. Beauty is as beauty does.

    10. by Rasmus

      I love this. It’s great that you don’t fold under the weight of a celebrity name and a lawyer’s letterhead. These people are clearly in the wrong, and are trying to bully you. Sue them for the same defamation, they claim against you.

      I hate people who think they have the right to threaten those who merely tell the truth.

    11. by Jennifer

      This is truly awesome….
      I loved reading this post and hope you get a ton of (positive) coverage from mainstream media (yeah, right). As a layperson, your supporting data seems unassailable. I am in no way surprised her legal/PR machine assumed action on their part would lead to you rolling over and saying ‘uncle’….isn’t that what they think everyone will do when confronted with celebrity PLUS tersely worded letters from so-called legal experts?

      You deserve not only a very public apology from ALL parties involved, but also significant compensation for the libel her team has actively and knowingly perpetrated against you. I realize this has grown to ridiculous proportions (not at all based on your actions) and this is the only reason I am even suggestion remuneration (normally I’m not litigious).

      I hope your career suffers no harm as a result of this ludicrous situation.

    12. by Edrolfo

      This whole fiasco is a prime example of Hollywood’s excessive self-centeredness and frivolous celebrity lawsuits. Everyone’s spending time and money talking about an anemic thigh and the only one getting paid is the lawyer. We should be saving the polar bears! ;-)

      http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/

      • by Swanz

        I agree about the polar bears, but before we do a big media push we’d better touch up some of these photos of them first, just to compete with all the other endangered species ;)

    13. by Don

      A careful reading of the letter from W magazine would lead me to believe they think they are telling the truth. It would not surprise me to find the magazine uses contractors and outside art houses to prepare images for press. Note the reference to “image” not photograph and the clear language stating that no one at the magazine “retouched” the image.

      I agree with you, it confounds sensibility that anyone would believe that photos are published without edit. This whole argument is silly, but entertaining. It’s a shame you got caught up in it. It would be fairly easy to refute the whole thing by making the originals available from the shoot. I suspect Ms. Moore could release them with a wave of her hand. It would be easier than spending the money to issue a legal opinion and letters.

      In my opinion, the published image did not change my perception of Ms. Moore and the story about potential alterations to the photo did not change my opinion later.

    14. by Jon B

      Good job; I fully support what you’re doing and the lawsuit is a joke…everyone knows it. Keep up the good work!

    15. “So let’s get this behind us and talk about something that actually matters.”

      Amen to that!

      Just speaking generally about photo-retouching here, if what you say is true, I’m disappointed to hear that “single image has graced a major magazine cover in the past decade without being altered in some way.” Is it really even photography any more, or some sort of new medium of a digitized hyper-reality?

    16. by Leigh Clifton

      Anthony,
      as a fellow photographer and photojournalist, I totally think you are in the right about this.I noticed the subtle edits; I myself have used them for fashion shots for publication. Having attended Scott Kelvey’s Photoshop workshop,I have recognized the use of the bloat and liquify tool a lot more in magazine shots now. To say that you were dedamatory while making an honest assessment of a photograph AS A PHOTOGRAPHER is absurd. Keep to your principles and dont let the bastards get ya down!
      Kindest Regards,
      Leigh Clifton
      St. Pete, Fl.

    17. by C

      Mr. Citrano,
      Well said.

    18. by liz

      I am obviously an attorney. A litigator at that. I would have never let my client pay me to write that letter to you. I would have let her pay me to bitch about whatever and then help her solve the problem.

      Wow, and you are not even a lawyer. Nice response, I must say. Lawd have mercy! I LOVE THAT YOU PUBLISHED THE LETTER ITSELF. I would so represent someone like you. Nice evidence by the way. You just blogged a mini-trial. Loved that because you are so telling the truth. Truth is the only defense to her allegations. Unfortunately, they are her allegations. Not her lawyer’s allegations. She authorized the letter and all.

    19. by jT

      I’m no expert in the least, but looking at the W cover, Demi looks rather lop-sided from the waist down. Her RHS seems much more fuller, and the LHS seems to be cut out a bit or something…

    20. by Lawyer

      I hope you are already talking to a lawyer. Demi Moore has a very weak claim against you. But you, on the other hand, have a few strong claims against her. If this joker Singer managed to convince Demi to sue you, let me represent you. We will counter-sue her pants off her retouched tighs.

    21. by dzad

      I feel that they believe they’re right. I can understand why, even though I completely agree with your position. When speaking about retouching, professional photographers (and many more) understand the post production side of processing an image from a photograph. Demi Moore, on the other hand, is more worried about the words “alter”, “retouch”, “hips”, etc being associated with her name and who can blame her. Right now in her career, her looks are really her number one asset since she resurfaced on the scene. Here is a question I have – what media outlets were you speaking to about the retouching – Gossip-related (People, US Weekly, TMZ) publications/media or Photography and editing-related publications/media?

    22. by Ditto

      Nicely done.

      • by S van Scoyoc

        I have photographed many beautiful women although, because I was rubbish at retouching even in the days of medium format film, I never retouched photos. However, beyond the clearly heavy handed photo-chopping, this photo has had a lot of other work (oh my, am I going to get a letter too?). Let’s be serious. Demi is nearly fifty and this, frankly, is not what she really looks like. I would love to have access to the original, full resolution, RAW image. Since that would be required for court anyway, I’m betting this will never get that far. It is, indeed, a case of using enormous wealth to swat a truthful gnat. Hang in there.

    23. by jen

      touche. your response is both articulate and compelling. freedom of speech does reveal unpleasant truths. north korea media seems to have more integrity than W magazine.

    24. by Don Juan

      Silly me, and I was worried about health care. What was I thinking?

    25. by Aaron

      Great post. Don’t let them bully you. If anything, you most likely have a claim against them. I’d get an attorney, who will probably represent you for free, and go after them. You have lots of supporters here. Stay strong.

    26. by Nimshi Lake

      The art partner “To Whom It May Concern” letter, Mr. Freedman’s letter, and the Lavely &Singer letters are quite ridiculous; laughable.

      This is beyond bullying; yet, you’ve been reasonable and professional in your comments.

      Tons of support for you.
      .

    27. by NickG

      Maybe Demi just needs some publicity, she has been out of the news lately and after all, this is free press for her. What is wrong with these people?

    28. by Gabriel

      Great job of standing your ground. Sounds like they want to sue you for telling the truth. Whatever happened to freedom of speech? Don’t let the bastards get you down. Keep speaking, Anthony. We are listening.

    29. by Scott

      Way to go Anthony, stand up to them. This is ridiculous! You comments seem quite sincere and the ensuing attack on you should be embarrassing to them.

      Just another aging star who can’t stand any publicity that she thinks is negative. For her age, Demi is still incredibly hot, she should be happy with that… no she should be very proud of that. Grow up Demi…

    30. by Paula

      Perhaps I wasn’t looking hard enough, but it doesn’t look like anyone posting here sides with Ms. Moore’s lawyer. This should provide said lawyer with at least an inkling of how a jury trial will go. The jig is up, Demi. Apologize and move on.

    31. I really don’t understand the fuss. As a pro photographer perhaps I have a bit more insight than some, but doesn’t everyone by now understand that fashion shoots are ALWAYS subject to retouching? I can’t imagine any magazine cover — no matter who the model is — not being extensively retouched. It says nothing about the beauty of the model, but more about the critical “eye” of a camera which freezes time in a very unforgiving way. Our eyes compensate because they cannot freeze motion! In a professional model photograph we want to see the more forgiving image that our eyes see — and in order to achieve that we must adjust the raw image. When done well, everyone is happy. if done in a bit sloppy manner, something seems “off” – especially to anyone who make a living working with images.

    32. by Chris Allen

      Congratulations for presenting factual evidence, for speaking the truth and for standing your ground. We’ve all gotten quite silly in recent years, with litigation taking the place of honest, frank and civilized discussion. I hope you are the beginning of a movement toward rational, intelligent discourse.

    33. by JS

      Mr. Citrano:
      Standing for truth is, most times, the mudhole society has prepared.
      Blessings to you and your family this season.

    34. by Kevin Irwin

      Anthony, while I fully believe you were right to make the comment based on your opinion, I am not sure the assessment is 100 percent accurate. Although it does look as though a piece of her was chopped out in retouching unless you can see beneath the fabric you will never no if it appears that way because of very large muscular legs.

      In that case the editor should have selected a better photograph. As a professional you know how distortions can occur sometimes without retouching and that is why we fix them.

      I do still think the whole matter should never have gone this far and you have every right to your opinion of what the image looks like to you.

    35. by My Linh

      Good for you for standing up for yourself.

    36. by John

      Anthony….you’re right. Hard to believe your comments could be made into such a big deal. But, you are absolutely correct in responding the way you have. Taking on the “bullies” is not an easy task. I respect you for it.

    37. by Jean Harrison

      Stand your ground. The retouching is obvious to even a casual observer and why they want to die on this particular sword is a mystery. Scary lawyer letters are my stock and trade, and as far as this one goes, I am spectacularly unimpressed.

    38. by Brian

      Proud to see someone standing up to the lawyers and the celebrities and, most importantly, the brain-dead media.

    39. by Will

      Wow! Amazing.

      Stand strong brother! You have my support as well.

    40. Bravo!

      I recently went through a similar situation where I was falsely accused of sexual harassment after blowing the whistle on a fellow employee. I was disciplined with a 2-day suspension and written warnings posted to my employer file. In addition, 5 other co-workers backed up the claim leaving me little recourse in proving my innocence. The only thing I could think of to do was quit my beloved job in protest of my innocence hoping it would be the one action that would prove me true. The act of my resignation sparked a second investigation into the false claim and found me innocent and everyone else at fault. My employer begged me to stay on and promised changes in their HR process. I refused. At this point I’m considering leal action but also just want to put it all behind me.

      The short point to my longer-than-I-intended post is to STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF. Stand up for yourself even in the face of great adversity. It felt incredible to be proved innocent even after losing my job. I defended my morals, my work ethics and every honest moment of my life in that one action. I encourage others to do the same.

    41. by With You

      I applaud you on your sincere and detailed explanation of your observations. Demi’s image did not change my opinion of her; what DID change it is her bullying and prima donna attitude – if she hadn’t made such a big deal, this would not have become as big an issue as it has become now. Kuddos, Anthony!

    42. by Dave G.

      I think this whole affair is unjust to Billy, a middle-schooler at the Birch Wathen Lenox School who does some photoshop work on the side for “W”.

      Billy does photoshop piece-work in between his attendance at school and homework. Reportedly he stated, “I coulda’ done better if my school had a better version of Photoshop. Our lousy [Photoshop version] 2.3.2 just won’t let me do the things I need to do.” Billy also said that he had told them not to use “that one”, the ultimate cover pic.

      In my view, the blame lies clearly in the hands of the editor, et al., at “W” magazine who decided to use the wrong photoshopped picture and not with Billy. “W” magazine should apologize to Billy for not using his picture choice.

    43. by sbisking

      Anyone with a bit ting of artistic ability can clearly see that the image was altered. The image of Mrs. Moore is absolutely beautiful, it’s the enhancements made to it that were sloppy and made a perfect image look elementary. It’s unfortunate that the messenger is being attacked instead of the firm that did the sloppy work.

    44. by John

      When I saw this W cover, I thought Demi looked ridiculously fake. Forget the missing hip, her face looks clown-like and the image is more cartoon-like than human. When the hip-controversy came out I just laughed at the stupidity of the retouching.

      As a senior executive who spends countless hours on legal matters for our firm and consideration of potential claims and damages, your case looks fantastic and theirs, pathetic. Not to mention the growing public backlash against Demi and her horribly offensive lawyers as the facts come out and it continues to look more like the big machine beating up the small, honest, ethical person. They are miserable over what you’re doing – keep it up!

    45. by Kevin

      Did they cut & paste Nellie Furtado face?

    46. by Richie

      Unbelieveable. Definatly stand your ground to that nonsense. A picture cant lie.

    47. by Matt

      to have a lawyer be deceitfully ignorant of a situation and post you a threat is merely something they did to earn a paycheck. Media lawyers are known to cite things to make people quake in fear at the illogical nature of the claims.

      I’m glad you are standing by this, plenty of people don’t.

    48. by Annie Morley

      Much ado about nothing. Even with the obvious edits, Ms. Moore has nothing to be embarrassed about~ none of the ones here show anything that should concern her about her image, they are all just artistic preference.

    49. by Grimace

      Just tell him to shut up or bring a law suit. Remind them that a big part of any suit will be discovery. Your first discovery request will be all photos from the photoshoot, all photos contemplated for the cover, all copies of those photos in all stages of processing. Also, you will want to depose her, bigwigs at the magazine, the photographer, and anyone who touched the digital images along the way.

      • by liz

        He has no need to “remind” them of anything. It is ALL nicely documented right here in the public domain. Your suggestions are a waste of money unless they force the issue. If they don’t know what is coming, then they are not even the litigators they claim to be.

    50. by Jodie

      Kudos to you for standing your ground! As an amateur Photoshop user, that error was embarrassingly obvious, to say the least.

    51. by former retoucher

      Anyone with an inkling of human anatomy can see that the female thigh does not mysteriously jut inwards before the hip joint as it rises up. At it’s best, the line rises upwards and continuously and then curves inwards towards the waist above the hip. That is medical fact, not opinion. If you draw a line up her thigh to where it meets the fabric, the line should continue up at least straight until it meets the curve of her hip as it turns towards her waist.

      You are quite correct in making the observation that in this case the line juts inward by a significant and incorrect amount. How is that not obvious to everyone involved.

      Good for you for standing your ground!

      • by former retoucher

        It looks to me like something that could have easily been hidden behind cover lines in a previous version of the cover, only to be revealed unnoticed at the last minute in a design change. Or it could just have been there all along… only W knows.

    52. by Aaron B

      Anthony – (fabulous work btw)
      Shame on you for not being a true believer in the Kabbalah!
      You must not be aware of the fact that the Kabbalah teaches that robots will come to our world and take the shape of movie stars. These robots will have adjustable hip sockets that can be manipulated in or out 3-5 inches. They will have thumbs that can extend or retract, and their thighs can reflect light at different angles.

      You are obviously a terrible human being, and your eyes have been blinded by Satan or something. My suggestion to you is to take picture of someone and then cut half their head off – or move it over 5 inches and call it ‘Homage to Dmoore’ and post it on the top of your page- Hell use it as a Holiday Card to all your friends and business associates.

      I believe that this is ‘parody’ which is protected by some first amendment mumbo-jumbo in the US at least.

      Best Wishes,
      Rabbi Ashton K

    53. by sean876

      Bring on the law suiet and humiliate Demi & her lawyers.
      She’s 1996 and long over due for retirement.

    54. To ms demi moor, Ms moore, Do you have nothing better to do with your time than to bully people? This man has done nothing to you, and it is very clear you are wrong and he is write, how old are you 50 something?I know you are used to yes people in your life but you are so out of line. Do everyone a favor and leave the guy alone. Good day.
      Mick in Seattle.

    55. A very intelligent response! Well thought out. Keeping your composure, and destroying them with truth and wisdom. They have truly made a mockery of themselves.

      • by Jolee

        Nicely done – Articulate, persuasive and factual.

      • by Observer

        Good for you Mr. Citrano, these Hollywood celebs are insecure freaks and I’m glad you’ve stood up to them. Her attorney is an idiot prostitute throwing out a bunch of b.s. legalese just to freak you out. Glad it didn’t work!

    56. by Alex

      Any celebrity claiming that a cover shot was unaltered is about as preposterous as someone saying that Elvis is still alive.

    57. by Scott St John

      Mr Citrano, I have been behind the camera for the past 27 years and you are 100 percent correct about your observation of sloppy photoshop work. I applaud your response to the attack leveled by Ms Moore’s attorney. Any art director, photo editor or photographer would agree with you about your claim that all raw images are re-touched before they are published. Ms moore should spend more time on perfecting her craft rather then lashing out at other artist.

    58. I am no photographer and no image expert but I can still see that there is something wrong with that picture. It really looks like there is a part of the hip missing. If you extend the hip-line down to the leg, you will see it does not match. It is obvious that something is wrong with that picture.

    59. Wunderbar!

      • by Henning

        “no one at the magazine did any retouching of the image.” Oh yes. I believe in it like Clintons „I did not have sexual relations with that woman.“

    60. by Andrea

      Ms. Moore never batted an eye when magazines reported that she had about $50,000 dollars in cosmetic surgery prior to starring in “Charlie’s Angels”, so why is she so freaked out about photoshopping? Isn’t it just plastic surgery on the computer?

    61. by Steve A.

      I saw the article mentioned in MSN entertainment, and looked back to overview both positions and read the various illustrating descriptions that had the actual photogenic proof on video loops that was the subject of some very strong although questionable statements. It seems that the only damage that was made on admissions of this cover photo was that of the one this was done to give in tribute to, that of Ms. Moore. Apparently taken with the usual positive comments by her fellow colleagues in the business, she enthusiastically embraced their comments and went forth and submitted the false implications onto herself.
      Therefore how can any individual coming in after the fact, be held responsible for merely observing that besides the factors that were held in time for statements made, be wrong for observing what was not readily apparent to the naked and untrained eye, and just doing his professional duties by denouncing that this was not the image that was represented by those that made that claim as “not being retouched”? Whether it was Ms. Moore or the other entities involved in this publication, that seems to be where the matter of accountability lies.
      And thus, the matter as explained in the letter from the attorneys of the parties that were being represented cannot prove that there was actually any stake to, ” one who publishes defamatory statement ” and further cannot have done this with ” resulting in injury to the reputation of the defamation ‘victim’ “….simply because she made herself liable by submitting claim to that which she already knew to be a falsification of her own. This is not anything in which can be scrutinized in the court of law, but more or less in view of the public eyes of popularity and celebrity status on integrity.
      Once you add authority to hide your shame, you ultimately lose your battle in a public forum and make your impressions more degrading to your public image, doing twice the damage than to try and save face to this travesty. But it only goes to show the weakness that comes with much adoration with something as time tested as one’s own self image represented in publications as popularly viewed as this one was and held to a much higher scrutiny than others. As far as possible damage to your persona Ms. Moore, you would be best to note how your profession as of lately has not been forthcoming with any ‘new’ ventures on the big screen. If this was one last push so to speak to gain any momentum you thought you may still have, you became your own worst enemy and sunk to a new low as far as being true to yourself and your reputation as far as statements made and believed to be true are viewed. And to top it off, Ms. Moore, you have made no public acknowledgment of your transgressions which I might add, is more appalling. Whether this be your career end, no one can state that for sure.
      But in trying to undo someone elses you may have propelled his to further new heights, as if was not already in the best position one can be at this time.

      Good job and well done to Mr. Citrano for having the nature of being true to his profession and to speak the truth, in a business where we accentuate, validate and celebrate the lie!

    62. by todd

      Photographer and retoucher for 25 years. Brilliant summary there.

      It’s all over for any litigation – the digital files will scream with fractured pixels around those areas.

      “Judge, I call as Evidence A : ‘The Raw File’ “..!

      Stand tall Anthony , your opinion is very succinct and evenly presented..

    63. by Doug Spencr

      Ms. Moore is a very beautiful woman. This photo flap and the accusations are having a very negative image projected of this beauty of hers. Why would Hollywood or any media agency have editors if not for editing, seems like a waste if they are there just to be on the payroll. Ms. Moore: there is nothing evil or wrong about a photo that has been edited. Sometime the camera does not capture an image completely because of lighting or other unavoidable circumstances. Please let this go for the sake of your own reputation and fans.

    64. by Laura

      Bravo! Very well done and beautifully written. I won’t be holding my breath for an apology, but you are most assuredly due one. A very large, public apology…and perhaps $50,000 donated to the charity of *your* choice.

    65. by Mary Andrews

      I am an artist as well as an art student and photographer, mostly with black and white film and just diverging into digital media, but I’ve been using photoshop for more than 10 years, and although I love the program it’s very easy (albeit sometimes a lot of work) to create a beautiful lie that will pass muster. Anyone who has any common sense and observes the things they consume know that it is common fact that Photoshop and other adome mediums are used visual medias we consume. The photographer here is in the right to state his observations, based on experience and facts and display it however he so wishes. He’s done a good job of documenting these facts. I just saw another commenter on Boing Boing say that to have carried off this W cover it would have taken more than 50 edits. I’ve done projects where I’ve had hundreds of edits, so just based on my amateur perception alone I can add my voice (however unnecessary) to this discussion in saying that it is fact that somewhere along the line the original photos didn’t make it onto the cover because most photographers have use photoshop, lightroom and any number of editing tools as their default. Even the best pictures are edited, either digitally or manually. The picture published on the cover of W magazine clearly shows disproportion by the hip, thigh, hands and upper body. It is a fact. It happened. Instead of trying to hide it, maybe all the wonders that have been attributed to photoshop should be celebrated. But of course it’s not a one sided story and photoshop can also be used to create and continue lies. This cover is a lie and a negligent one at that.

      Demi Moore, whom I love, admire, and is beautiful does not walk around with a pound of flesh missing from her left hip and her fingers are not elongated contured and normal in that position nor is her left thumb broken, or disjointed as it looks like in the figure. I spend many hours mastering trickery with photoshop. It’s an artist trade, a cheat sheet, and our slight of hand. People look and wonder and fall in love with such photographs without truly analyzing what went into making the final copy of a picture of the original shot. People, myself included, just need to think.

      I have no issue with Mr. Anthony Citrano’s analysis at all. Thanks for being clear and true Anthony – and also, great shots from your own portfolio!

    66. by Darby H.

      Very well handled, Mr. Citrano.

      The most embarrassing aspect of this ridiculous fiasco is that it is yet another example of how celebrities (and their agents/representatives) consider non-celebrities and people comprising the general public to be idiots. We are not stupid. We are not naive. We can look at a photo and see it for what it is. And, oh no…don’t tell anyone…most of us are completely aware of digital retouching. There is not a magazine photo, let alone a cover shot, that is not retouched to the point where the subject looks like he/she is made from plastic.

      I laughed out loud when I saw Demi’s defensive comments about retouching the photo. I believed them as much as I believe celebrities over 40 who say they have not had plastic surgery or use botox. What a joke.

    67. Kudos Anthony! How you are handling this situation, with such earnest candor, transparency, and good-naturedness will undoubtedly only boost your own brand reputation and image. Hope this doesn’t consume too much of your time, and we can still break bread in L.A. week of Jan 19th. Pulling for you.

    68. by MG Pollock

      An excellent response to a preposterous set of charges by Ms. Moore and her legal team. It is laughable for her to claim that her photo was untouched in any way. Photos of her by the paparazzi and photos of her that grace advertisements and magazine covers look completely different; there is no surgical procedure, injection, or topical treatment that can erase every single wrinkle a 47 year old woman would have. She needs to just move on.

    69. by Karen

      I hope you get your apology. It’s certainly warranted.

    70. by Jim

      Congratulations on standing up to these bullying tactics.
      You have proved your case without a shadow of doubt.
      Moore should be ashamed of herself … and pigs might fly.

    71. by Laurie

      I think the lawyers need an editor. I didn’t get very far (first paragraph – “… confirmed that they made no alternations whatsoever to the shape, size or appearance of Ms. Moore’s hips, legs or waist…”), but I think they meant “alterations” instead of “alternations.” The latter just doesn’t make any sense, unless they’re trading hips.

      Also, regardless, it is incredible indeed to claim any photo published in any magazine these days endured zero editing. Good for you and very well-versed.

    72. by Mr Accessory

      The only defamation is being done by the Demi corp. Please counter sue. Even if you only get court costs. But wait a day or two so I can dump my valuable Demi stock.

      Her image is very important to her – even when she cannot recognize it. We didn’t Photoshop it!! – We GiMPed it!! We did nothing to alter Demi’s body – besides that’s not even her body, it’s that dangerously thin runway model whatshername. And by the way WE didn’t alter anything – we outsource that to image editors (duh).

    73. by Adam Miller

      Congrats on developing such a keen eye! However, I’m pretty sure that the “major physical deformity in her left thumb” you describe is actually just part of her thumb obscured by the dress.
      With Modest Acumen, Adam

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