How have advances in digital imaging software and digital capture changed photography as a medium? “Not as much as you might think” according to Mia Fineman, Assistant Curator of Photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fineman has assembled an exhibit demonstrating a wide variety of pre-digital image manipulation representing three years of research on the topic.
Open to the public this Thursday, Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will feature the history of photo manipulation as it was created and understood before Photoshop. The exhibit contains some 200 images, created from the 1840s to the early 1990s, that explore the evolution of doctored photographs.
Faking It consists of seven unique sections. Each explores a different set of motives – from politics to humor – for creating manipulated images. A wide variety of artists are featured including Jerry Uelsmann, Richard Avedon, Yves Klein and Grete Stern.Right next door to the Faking It exhibit is After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age, an exploration into digital image manipulation.
At a reception for the event on Tuesday night, analog and digital artists mingled to discuss the collection of work and trends in the industry. Below, Russell Preston Brown, Senior Creative Director at Adobe, showed Jerry Uelsmann and Maria Yap, Senior Director of Product management at Adobe, a digitally manipulated image he created earlier that day with Photoshop Touch.
Adobe is proud to sponsor this exhibit and looks forward to the conversation it generates as photographers explore the history of image manipulation.
WHERE: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028-0198
DURATION: Oct. 11, 2012 – Jan. 27, 2013
Tues.–Thurs.: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Fri. and Sat.: 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sun.: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Closed Monday (except Met Holiday Mondays), Nov. 22, Dec. 25, and Jan.1
If you’re able to visit the exhibition, also be sure to also see a lecture from the Met Museum’s “Faking It” lecture series. In the spirit of the exhibit, we’ll be exploring the history and motives behind photo manipulation with our Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus communities, so be sure to follow along.