Faking it Exhibition: Photo Manipulation in the Era before Photoshop

There is a a new exhibition starting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, called ” Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop” which is documenting the history og manipulated photography from the 1840s though to the 1990s.

The urge to modify camera images is as old as photography itself—only the methods have changed. Nearly every type of manipulation we now associate with digital photography was also part of the medium’s pre-digital repertoire: smoothing away wrinkles, slimming waistlines, adding people to a scene (or removing them)—even fabricating events that never took place.

With how easy it is to manipulate photos nowdays in our photo editing programs we can forget that peole have been doing this for over a hundred years with some good results so this exhibition looks interesting to see the history behind this process.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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