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The Hoax Photo Archive — Photo Fakery Throughout History
Category: Imagining Disaster
“Not What You Want To See”. (Circulating online since early 2008) Two pictures were composited together to create this dramatic scene. More…
Tsunami Seen From a High-Rise. (Appeared online in early January 2005) This photo supposedly showed a scene from the devastating Asian tsunami of December 2004, but the city in the picture is Antofagasta, Chile. More…
The Great Blackout of 2003. (Found online in late August 2003) This fake photo circulated widely in the days following the Great Blackout of 2003. More…
Louis Vuitton Designer SARS Mask. (April 2003) The fashion designer never actually included a SARS mask in any of its collections. More…
Shuttle Columbia Explosion Photos. (2003) When the space shuttle Columbia exploded upon re-entry on February 1, 2003, no cameras recorded the event. But online, a dramatic series of images of a space shuttle exploding began to circulate. They were said to have been taken "from an Israeli satellite in space." The pictures were actually screenshots from the opening scene of the movie Armageddon (1998), in which the space shuttle Atlantis is struck by meteorite fragments. More…
Tourist Guy. (Circulating online since September 2001.) Created by a Hungarian man as a bit of dark humor to share with his friends, this photo became one of the most widely viewed images online in the weeks after 9/11. More…

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