Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

Mia Fineman

The desire and determination to modify the camera image are as old as photography itself. Nearly every type of manipulation we associate with Adobe Photoshop was also part of photography’s predigital repertoire, from slimming waistlines and smoothing away wrinkles to adding people to (or removing them from) pictures, not to mention fabricating events that never took place.

Among the techniques discussed in the book—illustrated with works from an international array of public and private collections—are multiple exposure, combination printing, photomontage, composite portraiture, over-painting, hand coloring, and retouching. The resulting images are as diverse in style and motivation as they are in technique.

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (October 2012) ISBN-10: 0300185014

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