War Photographer Ends Up Being Total Fraud Who Deceived The World With Photoshop

Brazilian photographer Eduardo Martins stunned the world with his breathtaking photos taken all over the planet. But there was one big problem: they weren’t his photos.

“Eduardo Martins” was a well-known photographer, having amassed over 120,000 Instagram followers for his powerful photos of people in war-torn nations.

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But things changed recently when a few journalists started to become suspicious.

Martins had claimed to be a U.N. photographer, telling BBC Brazil via WhatsApp in August: “I am a humanitarian (volunteer) in the United Nations (UN) field. I work in the organization of refugee camps,” a claim he had made for several years.

The detail was apparently just one of many in a made-up life in which Martins claimed to be a 32-year-old Brazilian photographer who had survived leukemia as a child before landing the U.N. gig.

Martins’s photos were widely used by publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph for several years before a reporter with the BBC, Natasha Ribeiro, started doing some research.

Ribeiro says Martins approached BBC Brazil about using his images, even offering them for free, but was only available to communicate through WhatsApp.

Martins’s excuse for no phone contact was that he was in Mosul, Iraq at the time.

As Ribeiro dug deeper, she discovered that nobody had ever heard of Martins. No government, no reporters in Mosul. Even the U.N., Martins’s supposed employer, had no record of him.

So if Martins didn’t really exist, then where were the photos coming from? And was that even Martins in his pictures?

Well, the answers were a bit startling.

The man pictured in Martins’s Instagram photos is actually British surfer Max Hepworth-Povey, not a Brazilian.

As for the photos Martins allegedly took? Many of them belong to American photographer Daniel C. Britt.

At least nine of Britt’s photos had previously been stolen by Martins, according to the BBC, and had been sold to agencies like Getty and Zuma.

Martins had mirrored some photos or made minor changes using Photoshop to prevent anyone, including Britt, from doing a reverse image Google search to connect them back to the originals.

Screenshot from Martins’ now-deleted Instagram

After a Brazilian gallery expressed interest in doing an exhibit of Martins’s work, fellow photographer and journalist Fernando Costa Netto, who had an online friendship with Martins, unintentionally clued Martins in to the investigation surrounding his authenticity.

Martins’s Instagram account was mysteriously deleted, and a final WhatsApp message from Martins said: “I’m in Australia, I made the decision to spend a year in a van running the world. I’ll cut everything, including internet, tb (also) I deleted the GI (Instagram). when I come back…Thanks, I’ll delete the zap [sic], stay with God.”

The number associated with Martins’s WhatsApp account has also since been deleted.

Twitter shared the shocking news:

Some found it rather impressive:

But also a bit unsettling:

As for the true identity of Martins, we may never know.

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A Total Stranger Paid For This Woman's Christmas Shopping When Her Card Was Declined

Zara Chowdhury from Manchester in the United Kingdom was shopping at LUSH recently when she got to the checkout and her card was declined. After waiting ten minutes, the cashier tried the card again and it was declined for a second time. 

Chowdhury asked the cashier to keep her basket behind the counter while she ran to an ATM to take cash out. But when she came back, she was shocked to find that someone had paid for her items, at the cost of £43 ($ 52.)

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Chowdhury took to the LUSH Facebook page to thank Bethany for her generosity:

“Hi my names Jemma I’d just like to make an appeal to say thank you to some one who done something very generous.”

“I was out shopping at Trafford centre with my son getting a few gifts from LUSH when I was ready to be served my card declined so I waited 10 minutes to try again but unfortunately it declined again so I told the woman behind the till to leave the stuff behind the till whilst I go cashmachine which was 10 minutes from the store by the time I come back the woman come from behind the till with a bag which had the stuff I was going to buy in it she said some one has brought it for you and left a note!!!”

“I was in shock and asked her who the woman was I went round looking for her which I couldn’t find her I just wanted to say thank you and I really appreticate what she has done!! Goes to show there are some really nice people in the world.”

“CAN EVERYONE PLEASE SHARE SO I CAN FIND OUT WHO SHE IS AS WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU PERSONALLY XXX SHES CALLED BETHANY BY THE WAY.”

Bethany’s gesture has been shared over 11,000 times, with commenters offering praise.

“Bethany has given everyone seeing this post that lovely Xmas feeling knowing lovely people out there,” one commenter wrote.

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