Kazakhstan Is Photoshopping Their Leader’s Photos And They Are Not Even Trying To Be Subtle – Design You Trust

Kazakhstan Is Photoshopping Their Leader’s Photos And They Are Not Even Trying To Be Subtle

The country of Kazakhstan was just caught photoshopping official photos of its new leader, and the evidence is overwhelming. It’s clear that beauty retouching techniques dramatically altered his appearance. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty made the discovery when comparing government-released photos with other pictures captured at the same place and time by ordinary journalists.

More: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty h/t: boredpanda

In March, Kazakhstan interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took over as leader after longtime President Nursultan Nazarbaev unexpectedly resigned. To many, this came as a surprise. Known as “Papa” to many Kazakhs, the 78-year-old former steel worker and Communist party apparatchik, Nazarbaev has ruled the vast oil and gas-rich nation since 1989, when it was still part of the Soviet Union.

Receiving the credentials of U.S. Ambassador William H. Moser in March

It might be that the aim of this Photoshop campaign is to nip, tuck, and smooth the 65-year-old ex-diplomat and former prime minister’s appearance in preparation for the snap presidential election the country is having in June.

Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in April

An expert told the RFE/RL that he was “almost 100 percent” certain Toqaev’s photos have been photoshopped in an attempt to change his appearance.​ “One of the world’s leading retouchers, who asked to remain anonymous, [said] he believed the picture had been altered ‘mainly using surface blur to even out the skin of the face.’”

“You can see it’s uneven when looking closely at the face,” he added. “Some parts contain jpeg artifacts and some parts are smoother. I work with this every day, and it looks like it’s definitely been smoothed out.”

Welcoming South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Kazakhstan in late April

Chatting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Kazakhstan in April

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