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Old 22 July 2010, 08:28 PM
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Comment: This artwork on the various "containers" looks VERY painted and
perhaps added by a photo editing program. Do you think the pictures are
REALLY on these machines?











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Old 22 July 2010, 08:30 PM
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They're on the web site:

http://www.jobsintown.de/
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Old 22 July 2010, 08:31 PM
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I'm glad they're real because they are awesome!
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Old 22 July 2010, 08:34 PM
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http://www.jobsintown.de/medien/Werb...genautomat.jpg


This is the best one.
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Old 22 July 2010, 08:36 PM
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Old 22 July 2010, 08:36 PM
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Also the appear to be giant stickers vs. being painted onto the machines. I think they are printed onto adhesive backed glossy paper or sumsuch and then adhered to the various machines.
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I like this one:
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Old 22 July 2010, 08:50 PM
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It certainly is superb. Just one question though - the company is German and the signs accompanying the pictures on their website are in German natch, whereas the signs on the same machines pictured in the OP are in English. For example OP picture two compared with the official version http://www.jobsintown.de/medien/Werb...e/bankomat.jpg which is clearly the same photograph.

So someone has at least monkeyed with the signs in the photographs - was this done by the German company to try and promote or licence the idea to English speaking countries, or did this happen somewhere during the OP's trip around the internet?
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Old 22 July 2010, 10:16 PM
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So someone has at least monkeyed with the signs in the photographs - was this done by the German company to try and promote or licence the idea to English speaking countries, or did this happen somewhere during the OP's trip around the internet?
Also, what's the actual advert? The implication is that the adverts are stuck to the side of machines in reality, and the photos here are "snapshots" showing the advertisements in situ.

But they're good photos themselves - it seems just as likely that the whole photograph, including (for example) the coffee machine and the person using it, is the advert. So would you see these machines with the stickers in reality, or would you see the pictures shown in this thread, but in magazines or on billboards?
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Old 22 July 2010, 10:52 PM
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They've won numerous advertising industry awards though http://translate.googleusercontent.c...r6GU0Z8EKc-mrQ Google translated page is hard to read.

I can't find them on the CRESTA list of award winners, but on the LIAA site they are winners in the "Poster and Outdoor" category for three of the images. I can't find the criteria for that category, whether that would just mean billboards or whether it would also encompass a realistic poster type thing stuck onto a vending machine.

ETA I see the image on the LIA page is also in English so I'm guessing that the ad company altered the signage in the photos themselves for entry into the awards. I'm leaning towards billboards.

ETA 2 I see it also was entered in the British Design and Art 2006 competition under the category "Poster Campagn" which would seem to me to indicate a billboard. I can't quite see what placing it got.

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Old 22 July 2010, 11:55 PM
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Also, what's the actual advert? The implication is that the adverts are stuck to the side of machines in reality, and the photos here are "snapshots" showing the advertisements in situ.
Yes that was my thought.

If these are supposed to be real coffee machines, petrol pumps, cigarette machines, with poster adverts stuck to the sides creating a trompe l'oeil, then I say fake, in that the photos shown here seem like they have been staged and edited.

Proof would be if someone snapped one from the wrong angle. The perspective only works from one vantage point, and all the photos coincidently are at that sweet spot.
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I have a friend who is TSA at an airport--just posted this one to his facebook!
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I could see some of these being in use on coffee machines and such, but I doubt that security at an airport would license out the sides of the luggage x-ray machines for advertising.

Having said that' it's probably true!

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I could see some of these being in use on coffee machines and such, but I doubt that security at an airport would license out the sides of the luggage x-ray machines for advertising.
I doubt a government agency would, but a private security company might.
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