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The Albury Wodonga Superfiction 1993

Collaboration Peter Hill and J.J. Voss (Photographer)

S U P E R F I C T I O N S


Hilary Clinton

Hilary Clinton wife of well known saxophone player and world leader. "Hilary Clinton" appeared on the cover of Spy magazine dressed as a dominatrix complete with riding crop and studded leather belts.. What is true (?) and what is false (?) are the central questions posited by Superfictions. In the 1990s the near-perfect manipulation of photographic and video images has forever made redundant the notion that "the camera never lies".

           

   The cover of Spy  magazine, and how New Scientist  say it was done
Writing on this subject in general and the Clinton cover in particular New Scientist magazine (16 October 1993) said:
"The picture is made from five carefully selected photographs, all scanned to produce digital versions. It was no easy matter to get a photograph with the right lighting, expression, and inclination of the head, says Geoffrey Reiss, Spy's general manager. "We went through nearly a thousand head shots ," he says. "With the head shot chosen, the dominatrix model was photographed under matching lighting. The background image of the oval office at the White House originally included George Bush standing behind the desk. Using Paintbox software, the designer digitally "pasted" the model over the top."

This issue of Spy sold more copies than any other in the magazine's history.



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