Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family Revisionists Get the Picture

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family Revisionists Get the Picture

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YOU'RE divorced, and you want your ex out of the picture.

It's easier than you think. You can have the creep erased for about $100.

I mean permanently removed. Done so the cops will never hassle you. Some photo labs are removing ex-wives, former husbands, unfriendly friends and other all-too-human mistakes from your favorite photos. Are photos of you at your slimmest ruined by 200 pounds of ugly fat? Get your ex-husband out of there. Did Aunt Selma cut you out of her will? Cut her out of your family photos. Is your romance with Judy history? Don't let your old girlfriend clutter up your holiday pictures. "It's a funny little thing of the '90s," said David Vann at Glenn's Custom Photo in Chicago. "We do it all on the computer." Ninety percent of the custom photo lab's business is restoring old or damaged family photos. "About 10 percent of our customers want people removed because of a divorce or breakup," David said. "Some are really bitter. It takes a lot to get to the stage where they bring in pictures. People are rewriting their personal history." You can do more than rewrite your life story. You can give it a happy ending. "We can remove people, and we can add them." Say you have a perfectly good family photo, except for your perfectly awful ex. You'd like your new love in the picture with your family. You don't have to drag everyone off to the studio again. The photo lab can put your new squeeze in the old picture, right where your old man used to be. Or you can also leave your ex-wife's place empty, and cover her over with a wall or bit of greenery. "If it's indoors, we can clone (a person) over (with) other parts of the wall. If it's outside, we can add some greenery or part of a tree and blend it in. We can move people around to fill in the spot." The cost? "It depends on how complex the photo is. …

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