Bob Capa, You Fake, 1936

Bob Capa was hardly the first war photographer to fake his “front-line battle pictures,” only the most famous.

The Boer War produced a whole series of fake battle photos by photographers who didn’t want to risk getting shot taking the real thing.

We expose these fake combat pictures, once and for all, and show how singular, and courageous, was the achievement of James Cooper Mason in taking the first certified combat photo in world history during the same period.

The faked photos and captions clearly show that the media barons were hard at work “massaging the masses,” which modern day media moguls, and their stable of craven calumnists, continue to do with a vengeance in 2011.

Show me all the fake photos…

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