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04/10/2013 06:13 pm ET

Bruno Metra And Laurence Jeanson's 'ID' Photographs Show That Real Faces And Photoshop Don't Mix

What would Photoshopped features look like on real faces?

Even stranger than you may think, it turns out.

Photographers Bruno Metra and Laurence Jeanson, collectively known as Metra-Jeanson, cut out heavily stylized facial features from magazine editorials and advertisements and taped them over models' faces. They then photographed their subjects, emphasizing the disconnect between the edited faces and actual human features. The pair began sharing their images on their website and Tumblr about a month ago.

"We started this work after observing the behavior of people close to us, how they reacted to images," Metra told The Huffington Post in an email. "Magazines, cinema, television, keep creating and imposing codes that become social references. What one must look like, how to make up, what clothes to wear, how to behave… We are fascinated by the power of media to influence people's identities."

The pair's images show how drastically models are made up and photoshopped in print media. In response to this kind of intense photo editing, organizations like Off Our Chests have suggested adding disclaimers to advertisements disclosing how much a given image was touched up.

"The laws of appearance drive us," Metra and Jeanson say on their website. "...Beauty is no longer natural, but rather socially conditioned."

LOOK: When Faces Meet Photoshop

"ID" By Bruno Metra And Laurence Jeanson

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