Nature fakery is nothing new. In the early 1900s, pioneering photographers would actually photograph stuffed birds and then try to pass them off as live ones, while captive animals have long since featured heavily in Hollywood blockbusters. I would guess that the majority of nature photographers – both pro and enthusiast – have photographed captive subjects on more than one occasion. Personally, I don’t have a major problem with that – I’ve photographed captive animals myself. However, doing so does present some fairly hefty questions on ethics and practice.
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