Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

“There is no such thing as an absolutely unmanipulated photograph,” said author Mia Fineman when she organized the Faking It photo exhibition for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the book version of Faking It makes her case: the very act of developing film provides opportunities to make things look a little better, a little brighter, and sometimes a little more amazing, even when you have no intention of pulling a fast one on the viewer. Even before film, there were ways to enhance a picture, and there’s more than enough here to disabuse you of the notion that photography pre-Adobe Photoshop was somehow pure and unadulterated.