Sunday, November 9, 2008

Fake photos --- the old fashion way

It was a staple of the regimes of the Cold War to doctor photographs. Winston's job at the Ministry in 1984 was rewriting history using such photographs. There is a good, though out of print, work by David King The Commissar Vanishes, which details Stalinist photo techniques.

See the online exhibit at the Newseum
http://www.newseum.org/berlinwall/commissar_vanishes/

Now the BBC has reported similar manipulations of recent photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in their story: 'Fake photo' revives Kim rumours
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7715458.stm