(fake phoTOGRAPHY) A photo that has been altered in an image editing program for political or commercial reasons. Fauxtography refers to manipulated images that are made to look real. In the digital world, it is very easy to add to or subtract from an image with the results looking very realistic. See Photoshopped and image editor.
Origin of fauxtography
Coined by webloggers around the time of the July 2006 Israel–Hezbollah War in Lebanon in criticism of the manipulated images of the conflict published by journalistic outlets: blend of faux and photography; compare fauxtograph. (This term is attested prior to July 2006, chiefly in use for company names, without an established meaning, and probably coined independently.)