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.
Carleton E. Watkins had to travel the American West with a heavy “portable” darkroom to get his fantastic pictures of the Oregon River, but the film at the time was still unable to capture the sky as anything but... keep reading