Summary. In the summer of 1991, three photos, alleging to be of
Americans being held prisoner in SEAsia, surfaced in the public media. If you
have not read the stories of these three photos, follow this link to the "Phony Photo" article. You also need to read this
article about the events of summer 1991.
The phony photo
This is the photo that was alleged to be of three American prisoners. Eight
families claimed that the men in this photo are their missing family member. Most
prominent among these were the Robertson, Lundy, and Stevens families.
The real photo
This is the photo that appeared in a 1989 Khmer-language edition of the magazine Soviet
Life. It is a photo of three Soviet farmers during the Stalin era celebrating a
record harvest. The original photo was doctored from this photo. Imagery
analysts analyzed the phony and the original. Their conclusion was that someone made
a photocopy of the original and doctored it, then reproduced the doctored version.
This phony photo was in fairly wide circulation.