What happened to skintones?

Oct 5, 2007
Newtown, PA
Am I the only one that noticed this?

I've noticed in the last few years a huge trend towards a certain, I don't know, "industrial?" style many photog's have adopted. You know the look; desatured colors, edgy contrast, etc.

But the people, the poor innocent people! White people look grey, asian people look white, and black people, well black people look like white people with a nice summer tan.

What's with this trend, and is there any end in sight? What happened to the days when skintones were coveted, not erased, from photographs?

I'll admit there are times when I DO like this look. Prime example was Platon's shots of Vladimir Putin. It was an edgy, hard look for an edgy, hard man. But overall it's getting a bit out of hand IMO.


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