Faking It: 10 Altered Photos That Illustrate How the Camera Creates Its Own Reality

Over the weekend, the Guardian ran an article about an upcoming exhibition in London called Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War, and specifically the famous photo of Tony Blair taking a selfie in front of a hellish scene of flame and destruction. The image seemed to capture pretty much everything about the Coalition of the Willing’s disastrous Iraqi escapade, except for one thing: it wasn’t real. Instead, it was the work of artists Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps, who Photoshopped the image of Blair snapping his own picture onto the apocalyptic backdrop. It’s the latest in the long line of photos manipulated to make a point about politics, about celebrity, or about photography itself. Here are some others.

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George W. Bush

Also on the all-too-believable front: the 43rd President of the United States reading a book upside down. Sadly, it wasn’t real, although the the fact that it could have been still says a great deal.