"Museums Are The Perfect Place For

November 06, 2012

. . . a rendezvous, you will never bump into any of your friends there, and if you do, they are there for the same reason you are, so they will politely pretend and ignore you," Duchess Minnie said in the 1933 film Our Betters.  But since you are there, you might as well check out an exhibit or two.  "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop" surveys the techniques of perfidy—retouched or hand-colored prints, masked or "sandwich" negatives, double exposures, reversed tones, photo-collage, lenticular distortion, air-brushing—developed by professionals and amateurs since the 1840s to accent or complicate factual realities recorded by the camera.  Running at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 27, 2013.

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