16.1 C
New York
September 23, 2018
Students made to look black in French art school photo
Top Stories

Students made to look black in French art school photo


Undoctored École Émile-Cohl imageImage copyright
École Émile-Cohl

Image caption

The original, undoctored image as posted on the college’s website

A French private art college has apologised after one of its promotional images was doctored to include more black students.

The photo of a class trip to an art gallery was posted on a US promotional website for Lyon’s Émile-Cohl art school.

Students noticed it was altered to darken the skin of white students, with black students digitally inserted.

The school has apologised, and blamed the doctored image on a US PR company.

Social media users posted comparisons of the original image and the altered version on Twitter.

On its website, a statement by Émile-Cohl college says the school was first alerted to the image by students. They say it was “retouched to change the physical appearance” of some students.

It removed the doctored image from the website and apologised to those concerned, “because it goes without saying that we disapprove of this process”.

The photo was intended to be used as promotional material for a new college subsidiary in Los Angeles.

The college director Antoine Rivière said in an interview with French news magazine L’Express the college sent several photos to a US communications firm “to enhance the reputation of our school there”.

The image was changed without their knowledge, he says.

“This is the antithesis of what represents Émile-Cohl,” he told the magazine.


You may also be interested in:




Source BBC News

Related posts

ICESat: Space laser to get unprecedented view of Earth’s ice

12news

Russia’s Navalny challenged to a duel by Zolotov

12news

Ikea India fined over caterpillar in rice dish

12news

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More