[NetBehaviour] Faking It: A Visual History of 150 Years of Image Manipulation Before Photoshop
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Faking It: A Visual History of 150 Years of Image Manipulation Before
by Maria Popova
Two-headed daguerreotypes, Dadaist photomontages, and how the subversion of
optical reality got its start.
“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses,” Susan Sontag famously
asserted in On Photography. But in the quarter century since, the rise of
digital photography and image manipulation software has increasingly
transmogrified the photographer into a constructor of reality, a reality in
which believing is seeing. Still, image manipulation dates much further
back — in fact, to the dawn of photography itself. Faking It: Manipulated
Photography Before Photoshop (public library), the companion book to the
Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition of the same title, traces the
evolution of image manipulation from the 1840s to the 1990s, when computer
software first began to revolutionize the alteration of photographs.
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