Historic examples show how doctored photos lie

One of the first casualties of Joseph Stalin’s dictatorial rule was truth.

Now, decades of doctored photographs used as a propaganda are laid out, with full view of the images before and after they were altered, in an online Newseum exhibit.

The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photograph’s in Stalin’s Russia” contains photos from the London-based David King Collection that show how government officials who fell out of favor were airbrushed out of political portraits, while dissident political slogans are turned into innocuous advertisements.