Banksy arrested; identify revealed – best comment on the internet

Banksy graffiti image from Jezebel

Maverick artist Banksy has been arrested on charges of vandalism, conspiracy, racketeering and counterfeiting and his identity revealed, according to Jezebel. Police Chief Wayne Leppard said:

We received word that around 2am a group of individuals left a flat speculated to be one of Banky’s art studios. This group was followed by agents and once vandalism had occurred, we then arrested the group, 5 men total. These individuals all had ID on them except for one, and that is the one we believed to be Banksy…We then raided the studio where this group was last seen leaving from. Inside we found thousands of dollars of counterfeit money along with future projects of vandalism. We also found a passport and ID of a Paul William Horner who matched the description of the man that we are currently holding.

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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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