On Monday, March 19, the Israeli parliament passed legislation ubiquitously known in the country as the Photoshop laws. The new regulations on the fashion and advertising industry ban underweight models as determined by Body Mass Index and regulate Photoshop usage in media and advertising. Abroad, the laws have opened new discussion on a government’s right to intervene in these two industries.
The legislation focuses on two elements of the fashion industry that have long drawn criticism for their effects on women and, especially, girls: ultra thin models and the use of Photoshop to make women appear impossibly thin in advertisements. The measure has been controversial within Israel for raising the question of where free speech bumps up against the fashion industry’s responsibility — and its possible harm — to its customers’ psychological wellbeing. It has also raised the question of whether other countries might consider similar measures to address what many activists consider a root cause of an epidemic of anorexia and other eating disorders.
An icon in the fashion world, Adi Barkan tried to deal with the issue from the inside: appealing for change within his beloved industry, to an overwhelmingly negative response of doubts, jabs, and apathy.
“I became immersed in this world very quickly. I gave up the agency and photography and…realized that only legislation can change the situation.”
I’m super excited to start playing with Photoshop but the darn thing is scary. It comes with 14 separate applications!
I barely know how to use one of these:
Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Builder, Catalyst, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Contribute, Bridge, Device, Extensions, Acrobat, Player, Encoder.
At least they are having fun with single word titles. What about names like Killer, Motherload, Gargamel?
Right now I feel a little lost in all of them. I can barely figure out how to do anything. It feels like I have more skills in Microsoft Paint.
The good news is I am optimistic about my skills. I’ve started learning the names of all 14 apps, which only took me a day. I even created the above graphic as a reward (took two hours).
After that I thought it would be fun to create something simple with basic colors..
Step by step, day by day I will keep getting better. I do love creating things and when I can figure out how to do something it is actually a lot of fun!