A LOT of research went into this episode — which means we have a lot of additional resources to provide you for your lesson plan!
Greg Apodaca, a professional graphics artist/photo retoucher, maintains an album on his site which we used in our episode (the before/after shots of the girl in the bikini). Sites like his (as well as Iwanex Studio) can give students great insight into the professional practices of photo retouchers — and might even give them pause for thought when they see them “in the wild.” Photoshop Disasters, of course, casts a critical eye on when this kind of professional work goes horribly, horribly wrong. Additional lesson resources about how models are prepared for photo shoots can be found on PBS Kids’s fabulous Don’t Buy It! media literacy website (aimed at a slightly younger audience).
If you want to turn your advanced students on to some super-high-end Photoshop fine-tuning techniques, Greg Apodaca also has a podcast with advanced tips. YouTube is also a great resource for finding free Photoshop tutorial videos; consider downloading these at home using Keepvid or Download Helper and bringing them to class on a CD or USB drive.
Regarding photo retouching throughout history, Dartmouth professor Hany Farid provided most of the resources we used in the episode and has a great deal more content. We discovered Dr. Farid through the technology education website at Flintridge Prep, which also has many wonderful resources.
If you’d like your students to think a little bit further about how these issues are related to body image, the Wikipedia entry on “pro-ana” (groups which encourage and support anorexia — we didn’t believe it until we saw it, either) has a tremendous bibliography of references and resources, including articles in Spanish and French. There has also been a campaign to encourage labeling of retouched images, which might be an interesting topic for discussion. And if you’re comfortable discussing the nearly-softcore American Apparel ads with your more mature students, one artist has developed a parody campaign featuring a disabled model, which sparks some thoughts about what kinds of bodies are “acceptable” in advertising.
Just for fun, here’s Dane Cook’s rant about the terrible “My Best Friend’s Wedding” poster. And finally, Urban Dictionary defines “pastede on” for your edification, Teach.