Bartram Trail High School in St. John, FL blew up in the news this past week when it was revealed that a yearbook teacher Photoshopped at least 80 young women’s portraits because they showed too much cleavage in her estimation. The school has a history of policing young women’s clothing, so this was par for the course and yet another example of the weaponization of photography. Sarah and Allen discuss the ramifications along with the history of yearbooks.
Also: Alan Levenson’s awesome photo of Japanese pop star Mariya Takeuchi goes viral, Twitter’s algorithm *was* racist, and Laura Rowe captures an incredible storm cloud.
We mention the following photographers, articles, and websites in this episode:
- Parents at Bartram Trail High School asking for apologies after seeing their children’s yearbook photos digitally altered (via Action News JAX)
- Yearbook Photos of Girls Were Altered to Hide Their Chests (via NYT)
- Bartram Trail High students felt uncomfortable while being accused of dress code violations
- Vermont High School Rejects Girl’s Grad Photos Due To Cleavage (via Opposing Views)
- School under fire for editing yearbook pics (via 6ABC)
- Texas students’ photos altered in yearbooks (via KSWO)
- Dress codes necessary, but don’t alter yearbook photos (via Herald Journal)
- Why Do People Sign Yearbooks? (via The Atlantic)
- For All You Graduates: A History Of Yearbooks (via NPR)
- Blackface, racist photos rampant in yearbooks at colleges nationwide (via USA Today)
- Talking to the Anonymous YouTuber and the Photographer Who Helped Mariya Takeuchi’s “Plastic Love” Go Viral (via Pitchfork)
- Alan Levenson
- Laura Rowe’s incredible storm cloud photo