As dismayed as we were yesterday to see the massive amounts of retouching that went into removing Karlie Kloss’s ribs from her naked Numéro spread, it seems there was one person who was even more bothered by it: The photographer, Greg Kadel.
In a statement to The Cut, Kadel’s studio said:
It was Greg’s desire to represent Karlie as she naturally is … slender, athletic and beautiful. That is why he released the images as he intended them to be seen by the public. He is shocked and dismayed that unbeknownst to him, Numéro took it upon themselves to airbrush over his original images. Greg stands by his original artwork and cannot stress enough that he not only was unaware of the magazine’s retouching but also finds the airbrushing of Karlie unacceptable and unnecessary.
We completely sympathize with Kadel. You know when that elderly Spanish lady took it upon herself to restore an original 19th century fresco from a nearby church with terrible yet hilarious results? We’d imagine that’s kind of how Kadel felt about his own art being altered–only less amused.
But what do you think: At this point in time, when airbrushing and photoshopping are nearly as vital to the process as a camera, should a photographer who’s hired by a magazine be more willing to accept that his work will almost definitely be altered in post-production? We’ve reached out to Numéro for comment, and will update when we hear back.