Faking It
  • Oct 30, 2012
    288 p., 9 1/2 x 10 1/2
    276 color + b/w illus.
    ISBN: 9780300185010
  • Cloth: $60.00 
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Art and Architecture

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

Faking It

Manipulated Photography before Photoshop

  • Mia Fineman


“Brilliant, exhaustive…extraordinary.”—BOMB

“As ‘Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop’—curator Mia Fineman’s illuminating book ...shows us, the habit of aggressively adjusting photographs is actually an activity dating back to photography’s earliest days, and one that exposes a central question about the truth or artifice of the medium.”—The Boston Globe

“Each chapter, as well as the “Discussions of Individual Works,” yields pleasures and erudition … this finely curated collection is an unequivocal delight.”—Publishers Weekly 

"Meticulously researched… Yves Klein’s famous Leap Into the Void… is one of many fascinating stories in this book." —Creative Review

“Fineman…presents a most extensive and articulate survey of the myriad ways that photographers have created manipulated photographs over the past 170-odd years. Illustrated with 276 well-reproduced examples of work ranging from the vernacular to the deliberately aesthetic, this well-written book has a good bibliography and a glossary of technical terms…Recommended.”—Choice