Time Magazine Cover Mocked for Bad Photoshop, But It’s the Artist’s Style

Brittney Griner Time Mag

The latest Time magazine cover, which features embattled basketball player Brittney Griner, has been mocked for being a “high school Photoshop” job.

The front page shows an image of Griner, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star that was arrested in Russia on drug charges, that Time commissioned Lorna Simpson, a photographer and multimedia artist, to create.

A viral Facebook post by Old Row Sports slated Time’s front cover, writing: “Bruh, Time just dropped some high school Photoshop onto the cover of their magazine.”

The Facebook page highlighted the crude cutting-out technique by drawing circles around parts of the photograph that has been edited. Griner’s hair still has the background of the original image clearly visible with it even sticking out from one side making her head shape look odd.

The image includes Griner’s head and shoulders. However, the neck has been clumsily trimmed with sharp lines.

“Whoa! Amateurish! Marco Lagana wrote that the Smudge Tool would at the most have been an improvement.

But Simpson is well-known for his unique technique. Using obviously cut-out selections and pasting them onto other images, in a magazine collage style.

” If anyone reads the article, they’d know that the art was deliberate,” says Johnny Prescott.

The portrait of Griner was taken by photographer Stephen Gosling and is just a standard headshot of the basketball star in her WNBA uniform. Time says that “Simpson created an image that reimagined a standard media-day portrait.”

“The collage centers Griner’s steadfast gaze, but with her uniform superseded by a celestial overlay of meteor showers–taken from a 19th-century print–that extends into the background,” writes Cady Lang for Time.

Controvery Surrounding the Case

While a few commentators remarked on Simpson’s unusual Photoshop approach, most people are infuriated with the basketball star’s case. Griner is often blamed for violating laws in other countries.

Today, she was found guilty by a Russian court of smuggling. 702 grams of cannabis oil into the country and sentenced her to nine and a half years.

Griner spoke to the judge today and said that she had never intended to violate any laws. She also claimed that vape cartridges that contained cannabis oil were accidentally packed.

The sentencing is expected to be a formality, with the length of her detainment depending upon negotiations for a prisoner swap between the United States and Russia.


Image credits: Header photo courtesy of Time magazine.

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