Art Of The Retouch

It comes as a relief that even the most acclaimed historical images have undergone a significant degree of post production. I always thought those old school film shooters had just nailed the shot and that was that. Not only, as I do, they shoot a good few frames, but those greatest shots are also retouched to make them as good as they can be. These images by brilliant american photographer, Dennis Stock give an idea of the retouching process when printing from film.

 Audrey Hepburn © Dennis Stock

Audrey Hepburn © Dennis Stock

 James Dean © Dennis Stock

James Dean © Dennis Stock

 Mohammed Ali © Dennis Stock

Mohammed Ali © Dennis Stock