"Faking It" at the Metropolitan Museum

Curator Mia Fineman talks about the exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 27, 2013. The exhibition traces the history of manipulated photography from the 1840s through the early 1990s, when the computer replaced manual techniques as the dominant means of doctoring photographs.

Unidentified artist. Man Juggling His Own Head
Unidentified artist. Man Juggling His Own Head

ca. 1880
Albumen silver print from glass negative.
Collection of Christophe Goeury

From "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 11, 2012 — January 27, 2013

Unidentified American artist. Man on Rooftop with Eleven Men in Formation on His Shoulders
Unidentified American artist. Man on Rooftop with Eleven Men in Formation on His Shoulders

ca. 1930
Gelatin silver print
Collection of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester

From "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 11, 2012 — January 27, 2013

Robert Johnson. The Art of Retouching Photographic Negatives and Practical Directions How to Finish and Color Photographic Enlargements, etc.
Robert Johnson. The Art of Retouching Photographic Negatives and Practical Directions How to Finish and Color Photographic Enlargements, etc.

Boston: American Photographic Publishing Co., 1930
1930
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Joyce F. Menschel Photography Library

From "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 11, 2012 — January 27, 2013

Wanda Wulz (Italian, 1903–1984). Io + gatto (Cat + I)
Wanda Wulz (Italian, 1903–1984). Io + gatto (Cat + I)

1932
Gelatin silver print
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987

From "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 11, 2012 — January 27, 2013

( Alinari / Art Resource © Wanda Wulz )
Unidentified Russian artist. Lenin and Stalin in Gorki in 1922
Unidentified Russian artist. Lenin and Stalin in Gorki in 1922

1949
Gelatin silver print with applied media
Collection of Ryna and David Alexander

From "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 11, 2012 — January 27, 2013

Yves Klein (French, 1928–1962) photographed by Harry Shunk (German, 1924–2006) and János (Jean) Kender (Hungarian, 1937–2009). Leap into the Void
Yves Klein (French, 1928–1962) photographed by Harry Shunk (German, 1924–2006) and János (Jean) Kender (Hungarian, 1937–2009). Leap into the Void

1960
Gelatin silver print
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992

From "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 11, 2012 — January 27, 2013

( © Yves Klein / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris Photograph Shunk-Kender © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation )
Weegee (Arthur Fellig) (American 1899–1968). Draft Johnson for President
Weegee (Arthur Fellig) (American 1899–1968). Draft Johnson for President

ca. 1968
Gelatin silver print
International Center of Photography, Bequest of Wilma Wilcox, 1993

From "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 11, 2012 — January 27, 2013

( © Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images (146.1982) )
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