Post photojournalist Nick Kirkpatrick did a little digging and found that the lower photo… which features a sea of smartphones and tablets, was, indeed, taken during the announcement of Pope Francis’s election. But the top photo… which shows an audience with far fewer gadgets was taken during the funeral procession of Pope John Paul II — a very different mood and event type. There was no one addressing the crowd from the balcony, for example. So, the comparison isn’t quite accurate.
As Errol Morris says, to fake a photograph, you don’t need photoshop, all you have to do is change the caption.
But what’s sort of interesting is that the caption wasn’t totally misleading:
todayshow: How the world has changed: St. Peter’s Square in 2005 and 2013
It’s really the juxtaposition of the two images together into one image that does the “talking.” (As @ayjay put it, “ Never let the facts get in the way of a powerful photo juxtaposition.”) In cases like this, it’s really the “truthiness” of the juxtaposition that makes it spread so fast — it seems true, so we like it. In this way, it’s more like an editorial cartoon…
If you’re told what to look for, you can’t see anything else. So one thing is to see, in a way, without words…. Once you have an idea, or somebody tells you something to look for, that’s about all you can see. I had this experience recently: A dear friend of ours has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and I hadn’t seen her for about six months. And when she came and visited, I couldn’t see her anymore. I could only look now for symptoms, how the dementia was manifesting itself. I couldn’t see her through any other lens but the possible symptoms. And that one word, that one piece of knowledge totally corrupted every time I looked at her.
The book is rare. The text is precious. The illustrations are powerful….The technique is an old one - juxtaposing human figures with animals in a satiric content.The technique is not unique in editorial design. Lorant did this as everything, so memorably. You have to imagine the small magazine (12 x 19cms) opening at the double page spread with no other distraction on the page.