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  • n. Misleading presentation of images for propagandistic or otherwise ulterior purposes, involving staging, deceptive modification, and/or the addition or omission of significant context.


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Coined by webloggers around the time of the July 2006 Israel–Hezbollah War in Lebanon in criticism of the manipulated images of the conflict published by journalistic outlets: blend of faux and photography; compare fauxtograph. (This term is attested prior to July 2006, chiefly in use for company names, without an established meaning, and probably coined independently.)


  • Is this yet another full-blown media 'fauxtography' scandal -- with Reuters once again in the manipulated frame?

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Before I get back down to some serious EU-bashing and related matters later today, I will leave you with three links on the "fauxtography" issue, each of them well worth reading (if you haven't already done so).

    Getting there

  • If so, they need look no further than the "fauxtography" scandals of the last couple of weeks.

    Red Hispanic - A user blog

  • "fauxtography" scandal, perpetrated mostly -- but not exclusively -- by a Reuters photographer.

    CAMERA Snapshots

  • "fauxtography" scandal, including the photoshopped work of Adnan Hajj, a Lebanese employee of Reuters, also has Comments (0)

    CAMERA Snapshots

  • The article includes a handy definition of fauxtography:


  • Oh dear, the BBC amongst others seem to have been taken in (willingly) by another piece of fauxtography.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • Wikipedia for coverage of fauxtography in the Lebanese War

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • However, I don't remember BBC news teams being anything like so eager to pick up on the fauxtography which characterised Hezbollah propaganda in July/August 2006 (a much more recent example, by Reynolds referenced in his piece) For instance, the oft repeated footage of an ambulance which, it was claimed, had been rocketed by Israeli fighters despite the Red Cross on the top.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Look, we are bombarded with fauxtography, Pallywood etc. and endless staged and genuine disaster scene imagery.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...


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