It looks about as remarkable as tourist-shop postcard, but the above photo is in fact a historical artifact in the field of visual imagery. It was shot back in 1987 by John Knoll, featuring his then-girlfriend Jennifer at a topless beach in Bora Bora. Both worked at Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic and were taking a break from 70-hour work weeks, and while the vacation photo represented a moment of magical tropic idyll — Knoll would refer to the pic “Jennifer in Paradise” — it’s more significant for having been the first image ever to be modified with Photoshop. The program was developed between John and his brother Thomas, who had been working on image manipulation software as part of his Ph.D. studies in computer vision at the University of Michigan. In demoing Photoshop to potential buyers, John would need an actual photo, so he scanned “Jennifer in Paradise” with a flatbed scanner during a visit to Apple’s Advanced Technology Group, and the rest, as they say, is history. Check out the video below in which Knoll himself revisits some of those early demos.
via: The Guardian