Pascal in the New Yorker

Fashion’s top retoucher, Pascal Dangin, is examined by Lauren Collins in the current New Yorker. Pascal is the go-to-man for American/French/Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, Times Magazine; the top photographers (Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, Craig McDean, Mario Sorrenti, Inez and Vinoodh, Patrick Demarchelier); for Gucci, Dior, Lanvin, Estée Lauder. These are just a smattering of the industry’s blue chip names he works with in the fascinating article about the magic he creates.

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See below for an example of his work. The first is retouched, the second is the original. Your best bet, buy the magazine to see the images up close.

RETOUCHED Photo: Patrick Demarchelier, Realisation by Pascal Dangin, from the New Yorker

UNRETOUCHED Photo: Patrick Demarchelier, Realisation by Pascal Dangin, from the New Yorker

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  1. The embedded metadata shows them to be two different photos, not the same photo modified. The model’s arm and hand, the angle of her head & face and the fall of her hair are distinctly different. Who is trying to prove what? One photo might well have been retouched, but the lower photo isn’t the original version of the top photo.

  2. The frames are different. Not the same image. Regardless, the original is total slob work. Horrible lighting technique. Is this what photography has come to – making it up later in Photoshop?

  3. The retouched image may have been based on the original arm image not the full body one.

    And yes photographers are getting lazy, I’ve had images and been told by photographers “don’t worry, we’ll just photoshop it later”

  4. Of course metadate will show these two pictures to be different. Guess why? They are photographs of images printed in the New Yorker. If you had read the article, you’d know that this is, in fact, one and the same image.

  5. the legs and arm are the same. It wouldn’t be the first time they use a face of another frame to substitute the original’s (see the hair)

  6. its possible it could be the original photo ,maybe I could do this too but this is really great work look at the details the fingers or the light great work

  7. The bottom is the original. The hair’s not the same because he edited even that, and the face. That’s the point. The angle of the arm is exactly the same, it’s just been made thicker.

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