Does the beauty of image manipulation make it seem more credible?

Andreas Gursky, 99 cent

I just love this image. I find it somewhat familiar and strange at the same time. The organization is too clean, the colors are too beautiful.

Thinking of the “what is beautiful is good” paradigm, does the high aesthetic experience of this image make it seem more credible?

«[…] one’s self-concept develops from observing what others think about oneself. Thus, if the physically attractive person is consistently treated as a virtuous person, he may become one

Karen Dion et al., “What is Beautiful is Good,” 1972


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