How ‘shopping images predates computers

Robert Johnson, The Art of Retouching Photographic Negatives (1930)

Today I’ve mostly been inspired by this fascinating article at The Verge on the history of photo manipulation. It marks a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, which shows how trickery and clever retouches are as old as photography itself. The museum’s website says:

Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the first major exhibition devoted to the history of manipulated photography before the digital age. Featuring some 200 visually captivating photographs created between the 1840s and 1990s in the service of art, politics, news, entertainment, and commerce, the exhibition offers a provocative new perspective on the history of photography as it traces the medium’s complex and changing relationship to visual truth.

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