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Charlie | Monday 2nd, 2010, 12:00am BST

The BBC have just published an article about the level to which digital image tampering by various news and magazine agencies may be warping our view of reality. But Professor Hany Farid, a digital forensics expert that the BBC consulted for their article, points out that photographic image manipulation has been around for about as long as the camera has existed and is nothing new, only easier to attempt because of commercially available software. I’m left with an eerie thought after reading this article. Farid explains that we think we’re good at spotting fakes, but that’s only because we’ve been shown a lot of bad fakes. I wonder just how many good fakes I’ve seen and not known… The BBC article can be found here and a gallery of doctored photo’s through history can be viewed here.