Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop

In the NYRBlog, J. Hoberman writes, “Is photography a way of documenting the world that has an inherent “truth-claim” on the real? Or is it, as the photographer Edward Steichen suggested, essentially graphic, a technique for creating a certain kind of image? “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,” an exhibition now up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (later traveling to the National Gallery and Houston’s Museum of Fine Art), makes a vigorous case for understanding the medium as Steichen did. The argument is amplified in the accompanying catalogue written by curator Mia Fineman, who, in effect, proposes a new truth-claim of her own: “Photography’s veracity has less to do with essential qualities of the medium than with what people think and say about it.”

Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 27, 2013. The companion show After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age is on view through May 27, 2013.

Category: Exhibition
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave.,
New York, NY