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Altered Pic of Narendra Modi at Central Vista Site Viral as Real Photo

The photo of Narendra Modi, shared by some Congress members, has been morphed to include the photographer.

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>A morphed photo of Narendra Modi visiting the site of Central Vista is being shared by many, including Congress members.&nbsp;</p></div>
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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the under-construction Central Vista project in New Delhi, photos of his site visit were shared across news and social media. Many social media users shared a photograph showing how one of the low-angle photos was shot, with the cameraperson lying down at the site.

However, we found that the viral photo, which showed a photographer lying on the ground to get a shot of the Prime Minister, was edited. The photo being shared used an actual photo of Modi's visit to the under-construction project and combined it with a stock photograph of a photographer.

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Claim

The photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a photographer lying down in front of him for a shot was shared with many different claims, including some that praised the photographer.

The photo was shared by many notable people on Twitter, which included the Congress' Social Media Department Chairperson Rohan Gupta, author Shivam Shankar Singh, Madhya Pradesh Congress' Working President Jitu Patwari and lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat, among others.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>An archive of this tweet can be seen <a href="https://archive.is/sLFIa">here</a>.</p></div>

An archive of this tweet can be seen here.

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Screenshot)

More archives of the same photo shared on Facebook, where it went viral, with one of the posts being shared over 900 times, can be seen here and here.

What We Found

We saw that the photograph bore a watermark which had the text '@Indian_armada' on it.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The image carried a watermark of '@Indian_armada'.</p></div>

The image carried a watermark of '@Indian_armada'.

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter)

We looked up the handle on social media, and found a Twitter account that had uploaded the photograph on 26 September 2021.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Screenshot of the tweet.&nbsp;</p></div>

Screenshot of the tweet. 

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Screenshot)

Captioned 'poor photographer', the account's bio noted that it was a 'parody' account that 'photoshopped' content.

Next, we used reverse image search to find more details. The results led us to reports by many news organisations, including The Quint, that carried a photograph of the Prime Minister's visit to the Central Vista construction site, without the photographer in it.

A set of photos from the site visit were also tweeted by Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Mansukh Mandaviya.

On comparing the original photo to the one being shared, one can easily note the discrepancies.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The image has been edited to include the photographer at an odd angle.</p></div>

The image has been edited to include the photographer at an odd angle.

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Altered by The Quint)

The frame of the original photo and the edited photo are nearly identical. If a photographer was present in the position seen in the photo, they would not have been able to include the rock with the blue mark in the way that is seen in the original photo.

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Using keywords such as 'photographer lying on ground' on Google, we came across the same photo uploaded to stock photo sharing website Pixabay in 2015.

In this photo, the photographer was lying on the ground in a manner mirroring the viral photo.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>The viral photo uses a flipped version of this photo.</p></div>

The viral photo uses a flipped version of this photo.

(Photo Courtesy: Pixabay/Screenshot)

The photo of Modi that is being shared across social media, uses a flipped version of this photo, which has been edited onto a photograph of the PM's visit to the Central Vista redevelopment site.

(Note: Swipe right to view the combined image.)

  • <div class="paragraphs"><p>Two photos have been edited to make the viral image.</p></div>
  • <div class="paragraphs"><p>The edited image being shared online.</p></div>

Evidently, a photograph of Modi's recent visit to the under-construction Central Vista project site was edited to include a photographer lying on the ground in front of him and was shared by social media users.

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