How to Fake It: Before Photoshop

How to Fake It: Before Photoshop

Before there was Photoshop, there were paints, staging, scissors and glue.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop catalogues photos from the 1840s through the early 1990s demonstrating that people have been altering photos ever since the advent of photography. The Adobe Photoshop-sponsored exhibition shows that the only thing that’s changed is people’s reasoning—and even some of that still holds.

Most early examples of photo altering stemmed from photography’s limitations.

William Henry Jackson American, 1843–1942 Unidentified artist at Detroit Publishing Company Colorado Springs, Colorado ca. 1913 Collage of gelatin silver prints with applied media Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth

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