Faking it: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Faking it: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

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'Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop makes plain, doctoring images has been going on since at least 1841, when a friend of Fox Talbot’s blotted out a superfluous Capuchin friar from his calotype of a scene in Malta. Enter a world of wispy spirits, montaged blue skies, lopped-off Communists and suspiciously rosy-cheeked portraits in this finely written history.'  - World of Interiors

'The history of photography is full of disembodied heads.' - Mia Fineman

Faking it: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

Who said the camera never lies? Today, fashion models are airbrushed and our own snaps are filtered to add glow and grain. Moreover, the history of manipulated photos stretches back over a century before the dawn of Adobe's photoshop software.

This captivating book, which accompanied an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Gallery of Art in 2012 and later at the National Gallery and Houston’s Museum of Fine Art, traces the history of manipulated photography from the earliest days of the medium up to the release of Photoshop 1.0 in 1990. 

Author, Mia Fineman looks at pre-digital techniques to erase age, revise history and even raise the dead, including multiple exposure, combination printing, photomontage, composite portraiture and overpainting. 

This fascinating and beautifully produced book was one of Amazon's Books of the Year / Art and Photography in 2012 and is highly recommended for all photography devotees. 

  • Author: Mia Fineman, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Date published: October 2012
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300185010
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 25.0 x 2.9 cm

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