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Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop
February 17 – May 5, 2013
West Building Ground Floor

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: In the first major exhibition devoted to the history of manipulated photographs before the digital age, some 200 works will demonstrate that today's digitally altered photographs are part of a tradition that extends back to the beginning of photography. Featuring visually captivating photographs, the exhibition will trace photographic manipulation from the 1840s through the 1980s and show that photography is—and always has been—a medium of fabricated truths and artful lies.

Organization: Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Passes: Passes are not required for this exhibition.

Other Venues: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, October 11, 2012–January 27, 2013
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, June 2–August 25, 2013

Image: American 20th Century, Untitled (Man with female "ghost" at the piano), c. 1900, gelatin silver print, Gift of Robert E. Jackson, 2008.134.47

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Press Materials

Film Programs
American Originals Now: Zoe Beloff

May 4–5

Film Programs 
Méliès: A Trip to the Moon and More

May 1–3

Press Event: Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop
Audio, Released: July 1, 2013, (64:08 minutes)
Truth, Lies, and Photographs
Audio, Released: March 5, 2013, (52:46 minutes)