A history of manipulated photography


Jerry N. Uelsmann’s untitled 1969 photograph is part of the exhibition “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop” at the National Gallery of Art. (Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of ArtTwentieth-Century Photography Fund)
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Journalism may be one of the last remaining bastions of photographic truth. But, as a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art demonstrates, photographers have been tweaking — and sometimes performing major surgery on — their images, almost since the invention of the medium.

On Sunday, “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop” opens in the museum’s West Building. The show, which the New York Times called “absorbing” during its recent run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, features about 200 images dating to the 1840s.

Stop by at lunchtime during opening week, when there will be free gallery talks at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Feb. 22.

— Michael O’Sullivan

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