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Image manipulation and historical fabrication

by Critical Commons Manager

This example of photo-compositing combines two photographs taken at different times and places in order to construct or reinforce a historical narrative condemning the anti-war activities of a Democratic presidnetial nominee. The picture of John Kerry shows him preparing to give a speech at the Register for Peace Rally in New York on June 13, 1971. The picture of Jane Fonda was taken more than a year later at a political rally in Miami, FL where the Republican National Convention would be held in 1972. The doctored image was originally published in the Washington Post and distributed by AP Photo.

Example of image manipulation from the 2004 Presidential campaign

A composited image of Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry and activist Jane Fonda was circulated prior to the 2004 election

from Fonda Speaks to Vietnam Veterans at Anti-War Rally (2004)
Creator: Unknown
Distributor: AP Photo/Corbis
Posted by Critical Commons Manager