Xinhua, China’s oldest official press agency, has recently made efforts to make the new leaders of the country seem more approachable. It has run dozens of photos showing future president Xi Jinping
and future prime minister Li Keqiang
on holidays or with their family.
The original photo that was used as the photomontage's backdrop.
Beyond the obvious difference in lighting conditions between the politicians and the background, numerous small details prove that the image is a photomontage:
The contours of the mens' hair are blurry.
Several people in the background of the original photo were visibly blurred out.
Also, parts of the brick wall were cloned.
According to the website Shanghaiist
, online comments denouncing the photo as an attempt at manipulating public sentiment have all been censored by the authorities.
The photomontage on Xinhua's website, before it was taken down. Recovered thanks to Google's cache.