Quick Book Review: “Fake Photos” by Hany Famid

This is an informative little book photographic forensics, namely, how to tell whether a photograph has been altered.  The book is published by MIT Press, so it’s no surprise that the book goes into a lot of technical details.  The details are complicated, and it practically turns the book into a technical manual.  The author does describe several court cases in which he had to prove or disprove the authenticity of the photo, and this was the most interesting part of the book.  I was hoping for more examples, and maybe a little personal commentary about how fake photos have been used throughout history and how they were later disproved, but he doesn’t go there, unfortunately.  Still, the topic of photo fakery is pretty interesting, and if you skim past the complex mathematics and just follow the reasoning, the stuff is pretty cool.  

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