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Fake Fish Photos
Tourist Guy 9/11 Hoax, Sep 2001
The Great Space Monkey Hoax, 1953
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The most sacred relic: the Holy Foreskin, circa 800 AD
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The Great Wall of China Hoax, 1899
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Stotham, Massachusetts: the town that didn't exist, 1920
Yeah Eckerd
This photo of fans at a college baseball tournament was published in the St. Petersburg Evening Independent. What was not revealed to readers was that the photographer, Norman Zeisloft, had staged the scene by asking the fan to write the phrase "Yeah Eckerd" on the soles of his feet.

With the fan's assent, Zeisloft had first tried to write the phrase himself, but his pen wouldn't write on the man's dirty soles. The fan subsequently washed his feet, wrote the words, and posed for the picture. But unbeknownst to Zeisloft, a rival photographer had taken a photo of him initially trying to write the phrase. This photo is what later implicated Zeisloft in staging the scene.

Zeisloft explained that he had simply not thought it was a big deal since it wasn't a hard-news story. He said, "We set up pictures for society and club news, recipe contest winners, ribbon-cutting and ground-breaking ceremonies, award shots and enterprise features." Nevertheless, the Evening Independent fired him.

Links and References
• Gordon, J. (Nov 1981). Fired. News Photographer: 31-36.
• Lester, P. (1991). Photojournalism: An Ethical Approach. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: 115, 118.


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