Whoa: photo manipulation before photoshop

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There’s a new exhibit at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art called, “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop“.

Many of the images are blowing me away. Hopefully I’ll get out there to see the exhibit.

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Jerry N. Uelsmann  (American, born Detroit, Michigan, 1934)

Uelsmann revived the technique of combination printing pioneered by such Victorian art photographers as Oscar Gustave Rejlander and Henry Peach Robinson in the early 1960s, when darkroom manipulation was denigrated by many proponents of straight photography as a flagrant violation of photographic purity. His pictures, which he creates in a darkroom equipped with seven enlargers, are filled with mind-bending paradoxes, oblique symbolism, and bizarre contrasts of scale. Uelsmann’s work is now considered an important precursor to the seamless compositing widely associated with digital photography and Photoshop.

Wow.

 

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