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Old 24 August 2009, 03:28 AM
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Icon102 Faked Photographs: Look, and Then Look Again

What a marvel the first photographic images must have been to their early-19th-century viewers — the crisp, unassailable reality of scenes and events, unfiltered by an artist’s paintbrush or point of view.

And what an opportunity for manipulation. It didn’t take long for schemers to discover that with a little skill and imagination, photographic realism could be used to create manufactured realities.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/we...w/23marsh.html
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So, one of their big examples, the image of Lincoln's head on Calhoun's body, isn't even a photograph. What's up with that?

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Icon81 New Doubts Raised Over Famous War Photo

After nearly three-quarters of a century Robert Capa’s “Falling Soldier” picture from the Spanish Civil War remains one of the most famous images of combat ever. It is also one of the most debated, with a long string of critics claiming that the photo, of a soldier seemingly at the moment of death, was faked. Now, a new book by a Spanish researcher asserts that the picture could not have been made where, when or how Capa’s admirers and heirs have claimed.

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So, one of their big examples, the image of Lincoln's head on Calhoun's body, isn't even a photograph. What's up with that?

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Yes it is... it's a photograph (or two photographs) of painted portraits, with the head from one of the portraits transferred onto the body of the other portrait. I don't think they actually cut up the physical oil paintings to do that, or repainted anything.

Interesting that Capa's photograph is still controversial. I was reading about it recently, but it was before anybody had looked into the location, and so the tentative identification of the soldier was still accepted as being evidence of authenticity. Personally I think it's probably "real", but in the absence of any better documentation it's hard to see how doubts will be removed.
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I watched the Coen Brothers film Blood Simple the other day, and part of the plot of that involves a "pre-photoshop" instance of a manipulated photograph.
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I watched the Coen Brothers film Blood Simple the other day, and part of the plot of that involves a "pre-photoshop" instance of a manipulated photograph.
There's also the famous case of the Stalinist photos of groups of officials, military officers, etc., where people have been "disappeared" -- by the old-fashioned expedient of painting over their images entirely, carefully matching colors with the background. Memo: do not rouse the anger of the Party Chairman!

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I watched the Coen Brothers film Blood Simple the other day, and part of the plot of that involves a "pre-photoshop" instance of a manipulated photograph.
Or "penandink-shop" as it was called then.
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Old 25 August 2009, 08:31 PM
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There's also the famous case of the Stalinist photos of groups of officials, military officers, etc., where people have been "disappeared" -- by the old-fashioned expedient of painting over their images entirely, carefully matching colors with the background. Memo: do not rouse the anger of the Party Chairman!
Yes, they have several examples of those on the gallery in the link. (Most of their examples are "pre-photoshop" in fact, since they're talking historical images.)
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