Photo Fakery: A History of Deception and Manipulation

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9781574881660: Photo Fakery: A History of Deception and Manipulation

The first book on the history of all types of photographic fakery and manipulation, showing how to detect these increasingly common practices.

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As the CIA's expert on photo fakery, Dino A. Brugioni was one of the founders of the Agency's National Photographic Interpretation Center. He was involved in the exploitation of U-2, SR-71, and satellite imagery, and discovered and analyzed World War II aerial photography taken of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.


This is a fascinating book. After reading it, I found myself searching through the newspaper and magazines trying to find faked photos. It really makes you wonder about how much the media has been truthful with us over the years, and what the real story behind some of the world's most famous photos is. Definitely recommended for the novice and expert alike. --A Reader

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a faked picture is worth a thousand lies. The author uncovers faked photos from the civil war to the Clinton Administration. In an easy to read and understanding style, Brugioni uses his CIA photo interpreter experience to expose manipulated photos used to influence public thinking. The non-photgrapher as well as the pro will appreciate and more than not become alarmed at the lies both domestic and foregin governments have used to influence citizens. Once you read this book you will never look at another photograph without questioning its validity. --Conrad F Meier

Given that photo fakery has been widespread since at least World War One, it is amazing that so few books have covered this topic in depth. The author's extraordinary techniques of photometric analysis are worth studying, and his descriptions of tampered photos are incredible! Basically, I wonder about the credibility of the major US news maagazines just as much as I marvel at the handiwork of the former East Germany, Soviet Union, and even China--they regularly manipulate photos, just in different ways. This fine book gives new meaning to the term "pictures don't lie". --Steven M'Benga

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