Fauxtography returns to Gaza
During the Second Lebanon War a new term entered the bloggers’ lexicon: fauxtography – a combination of faux meaning imitation or artificial and photography. A close cousin to the video version AKA Pallywood, it took several recognisable forms, such as, posed photographs pretending to be real-time events; deliberately mislabeled real photographs and staged photo opportunities, even to the extent of bring dead babies to the shoot. Obvious Photoshopping and reusing photographs several times at apparently different dates and locations appeared.
But the most iconic were characteristics of image composition unlikely to occur in real life, for example, toys in rubble.
Just check out the photograph† below, used by the notoriously anti Israel RT.com (see We’re back – in the USSR) and others and distributed by major press agency AFP‡.
No, Mr. Abed, dolls in pristine condition don’t just make up a perfect composition in the rubble of a building – or do you want us to believe a Palestinian little girl was just passing by a destroyed building and dropped it, accidentally?
Just what is a Palestinian doll anyway? I’ll bet if we checked the label would say Made in China. It is not clear whether that was Mohammed Abed or RT’s caption.
Either way, Mohammed Abed, Agence France-Presse (AFP) and RT you should ALL be ashamed at letting this piece of Palestinian fauxtography get released.
- Gaza tragedy: Civilians are collateral damage in Hamas and IDF fighting, RT.com, 11 July 2014
- A Concise History of the Fauxtography Blogstorm in the 2006 Lebanon War, Stephen D. Cooper, Marshall University,Marshall Digital Scholar, 1 July 2007
† Keeping to Five Minutes for Israel policy the photograph has been ‘watermarked’ so as not to be accidentally recycled as Israel Hating propaganda.
‡ Agence France-Presse (AFP) is an international news agency headquartered in Paris. It is the oldest news agency in the world and one of the largest.