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 award-winning exhibition catalogue from the Metropolitan Museum's 2012 exhibition exploring the history of manipulation in photographic images

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. 

Details
  • Author: Mia Fineman, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 288 pages | 276 colour and black and white illustrations
  • Date published: October 2012
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300185010
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 25.0 x 2.9 cm
Reviews

'[O]ne of the most interesting, liveliest art history books I've read this year' Modern Art Notes 

'Brilliant, exhaustive...extraordinary' - Bomb 

'As 'Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop'--curator Mia Fineman's illuminating book ...shows us, the habit of aggressively adjusting photographs is actually an activity dating back to photography's earliest days, and one that exposes a central question about the truth or artifice of the medium' - The Boston Globe 

'Each chapter, as well as the "Discussions of Individual Works," yields pleasures and erudition ... this finely curated collection is an unequivocal delight' -Publishers Weekly

'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

'Fineman...presents a most extensive and articulate survey of the myriad ways that photographers have created manipulated photographs over the past 170-odd years. Illustrated with 276 well-reproduced examples of work ranging from the vernacular to the deliberately aesthetic, this well-written book has a good bibliography and a glossary of technical terms...Recommended- Choice


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