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Faking It : Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

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Photographic manipulation is a familiar practice in the digital era. What may surprise you to learn is that almost every type of manipulation we associate with Adobe Photoshop was also common in the predigital age. Faking It : Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop is a catalogue of an exhibition first shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The author traces the history of manipulated photography from the earliest days of this medium to the first release of Photoshop in 1990.
She looks at various techniques for altering everything from facial wrinkles, to adding or removing people, to fabricating events that never happened.
The author demonstrates that the phrase "the camera does not lie" is one of photography's great fictions.