New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan has promised to examine Times photo policies after T Magazine editor Deborah Needleman made an offhand reference about wanting to Photoshop a model on the magazine's cover.
In her Monday column, Sullivan noted some readers objected to the styling of model Julia Nobis, saying the photos make "suggestions of bondage." Readers also called the images "kiddy porn" because Nobis appeared younger than her 20 years and was "anorexic-looking."
Needleman told Sullivan that Nobis was chosen for her "strong looks" and "personality:"
She is rather thin for my taste, as most models are, and I considered adding some fat to her with Photoshop, but decided that as it is her body, I’d let it be. Fashion photography involves a bit of fantasy, and often some edge, and while the bathing suits are strappy and have buckles, that is a far cry from bondage — either showing it or advocating it. (more...)