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Crowds in Tahrir: a question of perspective

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By Euronews
Crowds in Tahrir: a question of perspective

<p>How do you make a small gathering appear like a crowded throng?</p> <p>These pictures were purportedly taken in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after the swearing-in ceremony of Egypt’s new interim president, Adli Mansour. </p> <p>According to the pictures’ metadata, the picture of what appears to be a crowded Tahrir Square (top) was taken at 15:12. </p> <p>The two other pictures (middle and bottom) were taken at 15:20. In these last two, with photographers, cameramen, journalists and curious onlookers surrounding a group of people that bears little resemblance to the throng of people in picture one. In fact, Tahrir Square seems almost empty.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/230884/600x1276_Montage-Anadolu.jpg"></p> <p>With the correct camera angles and a telephoto lens, the untrained eye may perhaps get the false impression that there is a huge crowd on the square, cheering on the newly-instated President Mansour. In reality, the celebrations were perhaps not all that the photographers, or their superiors, wanted viewers to believe.</p> <p>Proof that things are not always as they seem.</p> <p><a href="https://static.euronews.com/articles/230884/1680x1030_tahrir-anadolu-photo-1-full-size-1680-px.jpg" rel="external"><span class="caps">FULL</span> <span class="caps">SIZE</span> (1680 px) Photo # 1 </a> </p> <p><a href="https://static.euronews.com/articles/230884/1680x1030_tahrir-anadolu-photo-2-full-size-1680-px.jpg" rel="external"><span class="caps">FULL</span> <span class="caps">SIZE</span> (1680 px) Photo # 2 </a></p> <p><a href="https://static.euronews.com/articles/230884/1680x1030_tahrir-anadolu-photo-3-full-size-1680-px.jpg" rel="external"><span class="caps">FULL</span> <span class="caps">SIZE</span> (1680 px) Photo # 3 </a></p>