The metropolitan museum of art new york gift of charles isaacs and carol nigro 2007 200746015 the genre of trick photography was born in the studios and darkrooms of professional photographers in the late 1850s. Photographic manipulation is a familiar phenomenon in the digital era what will come as a revelation to readers of this captivating wide ranging book is that nearly every type of manipulation we associate with adobes now ubiquitous photoshop software was also part of photographys pre digital repertoire from slimming waistlines and smoothing away wrinkles to adding people to or removing . 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 . Faking it is a quiz that asks players to spot which photos are fake and figure out why they were altered through fifteen sets of questions accompanied by more than two dozen remarkable images the faking it app challenges misconceptions about the history of photo manipulation. Featuring approximately twenty five works drawn from the permanent collection it serves as an addendum to the special exhibition faking it manipulated photography before photoshop over the past twenty years photography has undergone a dramatic transformation
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