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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Brassey's Inc; illustrated edition edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574881663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574881660
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,180,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fascinating book. After reading it, I found myself searching through the newspaper and magazines trying to find faked photos. It really makes you wonder about how much the media has been truthful with us over the years, and what the real story behind some of the world's most famous photos is. Definitely recommended for the novice and expert alike. --A Reader

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a faked picture is worth a thousand lies. The author uncovers faked photos from the civil war to the Clinton Administration. In an easy to read and understanding style, Brugioni uses his CIA photo interpreter experience to expose manipulated photos used to influence public thinking. The non-photgrapher as well as the pro will appreciate and more than not become alarmed at the lies both domestic and foregin governments have used to influence citizens. Once you read this book you will never look at another photograph without questioning its validity. --Conrad F Meier

Given that photo fakery has been widespread since at least World War One, it is amazing that so few books have covered this topic in depth. The author's extraordinary techniques of photometric analysis are worth studying, and his descriptions of tampered photos are incredible! Basically, I wonder about the credibility of the major US news maagazines just as much as I marvel at the handiwork of the former East Germany, Soviet Union, and even China--they regularly manipulate photos, just in different ways. This fine book gives new meaning to the term "pictures don't lie". --Steven M'Benga

About the Author

As the CIA's expert on photo fakery, Dino A. Brugioni was one of the founders of the Agency's National Photographic Interpretation Center. He was involved in the exploitation of U-2, SR-71, and satellite imagery, and discovered and analyzed World War II aerial photography taken of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
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This is a fascinating book. After reading it, I found myself searching through the newspaper and magazines trying to find faked photos. It really makes you wonder about how much the media has been truthful with us over the years, and what the real story behind some of the world's most famous photos is. Definitely recommended for the novice and expert alike.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steven M'Benga on April 26, 2000
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Given that photo fakery has been widespread since at least World War One, it is amazing that so few books have covered this topic in depth. The author's extraordinary techniques of photometric analysis are worth studying, and his descriptions of tampered photos are incredible! Basically, I wonder about the credibility of the major US news maagazines just as much as I marvel at the handiwork of the former East Germany, Soviet Union, and even China--they regularly manipulate photos, just in different ways. This fine book gives new meaning to the term "pictures don't lie".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Conrad F Meier on May 18, 2000
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a faked picture is worth a thousand lies. The author uncovers faked photos from the civil war to the Clinton Administration. In an easy to read and understanding style, Brugioni uses his CIA photo interpreter experience to expose manipulated photos used to influence public thinking. The non-photgrapher as well as the pro will appreciate and more than not become alarmed at the lies both domestic and foregin governments have used to influence citizens. Once you read this book you will never look at another photograph without questioning its validity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ralph DeMattia on May 22, 2000
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After seeing a C-Span program where the Author showed slides of actual, then altered photos from the book, I was so fascinated that I went out the next morning and bought the book, and it was BETTER than I expected! I found it so amazing that even back in the 1860's, this kind of thing could be done. Absolutely a MUST-HAVE book for history buffs!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bert Krages on January 16, 2003
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People are generally aware about how facts can be distorted and misrepresented in the text and art media but tend to be less familiar with how easily photographs can be altered for the purposes of deception. In fact, many people give too much credibility to photographs because they assume that photographs always present scenes realistically. Mr. Brugioni shows not only how easily photographs are altered to distort the truth, he also conveys an idea of how widespread the practice of photo manipulation is in the modern media. I recommend this book strongly for people who are interested in media ethics or want to better understand the role of images in communication by governments, advertisers, and news organizations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russell A. Rohde MD on May 11, 2006
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"Photo Fakery," by Dino A. Brugioni, VA, Brassey's, 1999, ISBN: 1-57488-166-3 (HC) 228 pgs. text plus 8 pg. Notes, 8 pg. Biblio., 7 pg. Index. 8 1/2" x 11"

CIA officer for 50 years & a founder of the CIA's National Photographic Center, Brugioni chronicles deception & manipulation of photographs used in fraud, deception & propaganda purposes for diverse reasons & exposes methods of photo fakery & the analytic methods used in their detection.

The book is exceedingly well-researched, soundly illustrated & authored for the middling, curious reader & does not require scientific background. It is not a "how to create fakery" book, but rather "how to detect fakery." I highly sanction this treatise that has no real counterpart aside from Wm. Mitchell's 1992 "The Reconfigured Eye." The book is timely, noting that digital imaging & Adobe's Photoshop (& other "paint" programs) have forever changed veracity of photographs currently "snapped" at the rate of 40 to 50 billion daily. It is conceivable the majority of pictures appearing in print are digitally altered, exceeding those which are not. Our concerns are largely with those images in which the truth or accuracy has been compromised.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By melinda on May 22, 2000
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A fascinating look at all types of photo manipulation, from Communist propaganda to fashion magazines. The book is hard to put down if you have any interest in the ways in which the photographic medium has been used to fool the gullible. The sad story of faked photos of MIA/POWs in Southeast Asia was particularly interesting. My only complaint is that the book seems a little pricey for something short enough to be read in one day w/out much effort.
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