Monday, October 29, 2012
Faking It: A Visual History of 150 Years of Image Manipulation Before Photoshop
Brain Pickings Weekly
Man on Rooftop with Eleven Men in Formation on His Shoulders (Unidentified American artist, ca. 1930)
Two-headed daguerreotypes, Dadaist photomontages, and how the subversion of optical reality got its start.
"The painter constructs, the photographer discloses," Susan Sontag famously asserted in On Photography. But in the quarter century since, the rise of digital photography and image manipulation software has increasingly transmogrified the photographer into a constructor of reality, a reality in which believing is seeing. Still, image manipulation dates much further back – in fact, to the dawn of photography itself. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop (public library), the companion book to the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition of the same title, traces the evolution of image manipulation from the 1840s to the 1990s, when computer software first began to revolutionize the alteration of photographs.