Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop Mia Fineman


While photographic manipulation is a familiar phenomenon in the digital era, this captivating book demonstrates that nearly every type of manipulation we associate with Adobe’s now-ubiquitous Photoshop software was also part of photography’s predigital repertoire. This includes slimming waistlines and smoothing away wrinkles, as well as adding people to (or removing them from) pictures. Not to mention fabricating events that never took place.

By tracing the history of manipulated photography, Mia Fineman offers a corrective to the dominant narrative of photography’s development, in which champions of photographic “purity,” such as Paul Strand, Edward Weston, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, get all the glory, while devotees of manipulation, including Henry Peach Robinson, Edward Steichen, and John Heartfield, are treated as conspicuous anomalies. Among the techniques discussed are multiple exposure, combination printing, photomontage, composite portraiture, over-painting, hand coloring, and retouching.

The exhibition runs from June 2, 2013 to August 25, 2013.

Hardcover. 280 pages.

Product ID: 1029575

$ 60.00

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