Soldier Picture Follow-Up

image This is good. Some guy has created a program that lets you put whatever text you want on the sign held by those kids posing in the desert with an American soldier.
Also, recently had an article about this picture, although I didn't think it was a particularly well researched article. The author tried to argue that the new ease with which images can be manipulated somehow poses a dangerous threat. It contains statements such as:

There was a time when photographs were synonymous with truth -- when you could be sure that what you saw in a picture actually occurred.

Oh, really? What period in history was that? Images have always been manipulated, and people have always known it can be done.

Then he warns that a doctored photo might be used for political dirty tricks, going on to state:

If a doctored photo ever does lead to the defeat of a political candidate or some other disaster -- puts the wrong guy in jail, say -- one immediate consequence might be a quick decline in the trust we have in pictures.

Reading this, I can only assume he doesn't know anything about the history of photography. What about the Tydings Affair, when Senator Tydings lost his 1950 Senate reelection bid because of a doctored photo? And William Randolph Hearst, of course, was notorious for using fake (or misleading) pictures in his newspapers for political purposes.

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Posted on Tue Apr 27, 2004


Although a lot of people are smart to distinguish a photo shopped photo, still many are easily fooled. Great post!
Posted by SEO Nottingham  in  manila  on  Sun Feb 14, 2010  at  02:28 AM
i really like this info
Posted by Cebu  on  Mon Feb 22, 2010  at  06:57 AM
Image manipulation has always been a good tool for counterfeiters, and now as it becomes more seamless, it becomes less detectable.
Posted by Agile  in  us  on  Tue Mar 16, 2010  at  03:01 PM
Alex, you do bring an interesting perspective though. I don't think I ever considered that photography has always been a doctored art. Surely people have not only misused photos to represent another meaning (without true context), as well as having been manipulated, staged, and faked.

Thanks for this viewpoint, something that I might not have considered.
Posted by Mused  in  Mountain View, CA  on  Wed May 12, 2010  at  06:43 PM
That is amazing!
Posted by shifter kart  in  United States  on  Wed Jun 09, 2010  at  03:59 PM
The picture looks real but really how easy to make look like in todays tech world.
Posted by sam  on  Fri Jun 11, 2010  at  06:06 PM
yeah .. very difficult to trust the photos today. With image processing software that everyone can manipulate photos
Posted by waden  on  Thu Aug 26, 2010  at  10:15 AM
Is this really the original picture? <a >Ftc Trust</a>
Posted by FTC Trust  in  New York  on  Thu Sep 09, 2010  at  01:40 AM
There are still ways to spot fake pictures: look at the shadows
Posted by ivan thalasso  in  France  on  Thu Nov 04, 2010  at  06:29 AM
I am so fed up with seeing manipulated images.
Posted by Londra Hakkinda  in  London  on  Fri Dec 03, 2010  at  08:51 AM
The author tried to argue that the new ease with which images can be manipulated somehow poses a dangerous threat.
Posted by İslam İlmihali  in  Turkey  on  Fri Dec 17, 2010  at  12:45 AM
We can't trust only photos.(
Posted by davetiyeleri  in  Turkey  on  Tue Feb 08, 2011  at  06:24 AM
I use Photoshop a lot, and it's amazing how realistic you can make things look with some of the tools they have. Add to that all the online Photoshop tutorials, and just about anyone can doctor photos.
Posted by Mike  in  Natal, Brasil  on  Thu Mar 03, 2011  at  03:10 AM
thanx :D
Posted by ugur  in  istanbul  on  Thu Mar 24, 2011  at  07:41 PM
Awesome post about Soldier Picture Follow-Up! I think it is a disgrace in some belongings that you can not until the end of time believe the photos you see are not what they in the beginning were. Thanks guys!
Posted by Anderson Pole  in  74 St. Drive, Perth, WA, 6003 Australia  on  Tue Mar 29, 2011  at  08:35 AM
Too much photo modification will make the exiff data gone.. Dunno if someone can fake it too though...
Posted by Lonnie  on  Sun Jul 24, 2011  at  03:44 AM
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