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-All the images in this series are manipulated and partially computer generated, with a completion date of February 2021-

Two fake news producers who do not want to be identified pose with 'Anonymous masks' on. (fictional caption).

'The Book of Veles' is a photographic exploration of the phenomena of fake news and synthetic information. The book was published in April 2021, appearing to be an ordinary documentary photo book about the town of Veles in North Macedonia. The town placed itself on the world map in 2016 as an epicenter for the production of fake news, when local youth set up hundreds of news websites that pretended to be American news portals. These sites, with names such as NewYorkTimesPolitics.com, spread to millions of people through Facebook and Twitter’s algorithms. While the goal of the sites’ creators was simply to earn money through banner ads, they could also have inadvertently have had a real impact on the election of Donald Trump. The book also weaves in a story about a mischievous pre-Christian pagan bear-god called Veles and the 1919 ‘discovery’ of a forged ‘ancient’ manuscript called the Book of Veles.

After my book had been sold for half a year, had been shared on my social media channels and had even been screened at a photojournalism festival, I revealed (through a fake social media profile) that the whole photographic project itself was a forgery: All the people pictured in the book are in fact computer-generated 3D models which I posed and inserted into empty background tableaus from Veles. Many of the animals and important objects in the series were also non-camera-based renderings. The text in the book was written by an AI machine learning system called GPT-2. In essence, Book of Veles is a fake story about real people who made fake news. However, before I myself revealed the truth behind the project, nobody in the industry posed any questions about the material - on the contrary, it was well received and applauded as a
Jonas Bendiksen

Der große Schwindel von Veles

Jonas Bendiksens Fake-News-Projekt liefert ein beeindruckendes „Open Format“

30 Individu Kukang Jawa Kembali Ke Habitatnya di TNGHS
Garry Lotulung

Von Loris, Pythons und Geparden

Die Sonderschau „The Everyday Projects: Gefährdete Tierarten“ zeigt rund 50 Aufnahmen aus Nord- und Südamerika, Afrika und Asien

Frank van Beek, ANP

So nah, dass einem fast der Atem wegbleibt

Stephanie Harke über ihre Arbeit in der World-Press-Photo-Jury

"More then 35 years ago, I was kidnapped to get married. At that time, I thought it was our tradition if a man liked a woman, he could simply kidnap her. But I didn't expect how difficult it would be to get used to the new situation. My life changed from one day to another day entirely. It took me about one year to get used to him and his family. During this year I suffered and cried a lot. But slowly, I recognized that he was a good human being. And he always treated me very well. We got three daughters, whom he also lovingly cared for. And slowly I fell in love with my husband, and we spent more then 30 years together until his death. But I also know that many women in my country have a different story. Many never became happy with their husbands after their bride kidnapping."
Irina Unruh

„He liked me, but I did not like him.“

Fotografin Irina Unruh berichtet über die Praxis des Brautraubs in Kirgistan.

Bram Janssen

Die Lichter sind aus

Die Fotoreihe „Cinema of Kabul“ von Bram Janssen ist ein Porträt des Stillstands

Matthew Abbott for National Geographic, Panos Pictures

Ein neuer Blick aufs Geschehen

Vier fotojournalistische Arbeiten tragen in diesem Jahrgang den Titel „… of the Year“