In Soviet Russia, Photoshop Crops You!
April 14, 2011 7:10 AM Subscribe
An interesting article from Wired about Soviet photo manipulations from the 1960s space race. The photo-doctoring was discovered because Soviet news managers lost track of which versions of photos had already been published, and re-released them after alteration.
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The lies illustrated by these images fueled Western suspicions that a number of cosmonauts had died in secret space disasters, but it turns out this wasn't true. The erased men had either misbehaved and been expelled, or even more innocently, had simply developed disqualifying medical conditions.
In the post-Soviet era I actually had the enormous pleasure of shaking hands with one of those erased men, who had been amused by my publication of before-and-after views of his own disappearance after he was dropped from spaceflight status.
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's
pioneering space flight.