The ethics of design photography: Is doctoring architecture photos OK?
Architectural photography is supposed to be different from the airbrushed images of nude women that are about to disappear from the centerfold of Playboy magazine. But what if an edited photograph of a building doesn’t just crop out visual clutter like street lights but alters the contours of the building itself? What should we think about an architectural award that was bestowed on the basis of such a doctored image?
These questions came to mind recently after the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced the winners of its annual Design Excellence Awards. Five buildings won honor awards, the top level of recognition. One of them was El Centro, a striking, boomerang-shaped structure with blue and gold fins along the east side of the Kennedy Expressway. The building, designed by Chicago architect Juan Moreno, is a satellite of Northeastern Illinois University, whose main campus is 3 miles to the north.
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