The word was first used to describe the doctoring of photographs by Reuters photographer Adnan Hajj during the Lebanon War of 2006, and has since been generalized to mean any dishonest or faked news photo.
Methods for creating “fauxtographs” include: using Photoshop (or similar software) to digitally alter the photo; photographing staged scenes or simulated news events and presenting them as real; interfering with or manipulating photo subjects to creat a “more effective” picture; adding inaccurate and/or misleading captions.
Dude, that's not photography, that's total fauxtography. Any scene kid on myspace can take a picture like that. That doesn't belong in an artshow.
rob- thats not photography, thats fauxtography
Most commoly found in advertising and beauty magazines, especially images of women, to remove supposed flaws and imperfections by turning them into smooth-skinned, 'prefect' beings.
Can be used on any other subject matter to imply and deceive rather than being used for artistic purposes.
A single image may be referred to as a 'fauxtograph' or 'fauxto' and could depict flying saucers, ghosts or the head of a famous celebrity on a naked body.
2. 'They said they definately met insert celebrity, but turns out is was just a very convincing fauxtograph.
3. 'Dude, thats not really insert celebrity, its just a fauxto.'