Typepad Import Image

Here’s a fun roundup of the “best” doctored photos of all time from Telegraph Online. The story shows that for as long as there has been photography, there have been people who want to mess with pictures to make the unreal look very real. There are some recent examples no doubt done with Photoshop and made popular on the Internet–the images of the tourist atop the World Trade Center as a jet approaches, for example. But the practice goes way back. Chairman Mao erases political enemies from photos (and sometimes from the earth itself). And in 1917 two young English girls doctored photos and convinced many adults that fairies really existed.–David Schonauer