Faking it: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

Review in the NYTimes 10/11/12

Organized by Mia Fineman, an assistant curator in the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Photography this exhibition looks at manipulated photographs created between 1846 and the early 1990’s (Adobe Photoshop was introduced in 1990).  Ms. Fineman has also organized,“After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age,” which is in one of the other Met galleries.

The exhibition review in the NYTimes raises the inevitable questions about how the manipulated image changes our relationship to photography.  Writer Ken Johnson asks, We are left, then, to wonder. If photography cannot capture truth, what is it good for? Leaving aside the ever-increasing use of imaging technology for identification, surveillance, scientific and medical discovery and so on, what is its special purpose as far as art is concerned?

Good questions.  I look forward to seeing the exhibition in a couple weeks time.

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