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The MET To Exhibit “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop”

Faking It – book

The approximately 200 photos taken between the 1840’s and 1990’s. in the exhibition have all been manipulated with different techniques. Multiple exposures from negatives, combination printing, photomontage, overpainting, and retouching are all represented.

The exhibition is divided into seven sections, Picture Perfect, Artifice in the Name of Art, Politics and Persuasion, Novelties and Amusements, Pictures in Print, Mind’s Eye, and Protoshop. Some of the artists included are favorites of all of us: Gustave Le Gray, Carleton E. Watkins, Edward Steichen, F. Holland Day, Maurice Tabard, Dora Maar, John BladessariDuane Michals.

I am always amazed when I think of the endless hours photographers (including myself) use to spend to manipulate our images. Now contemporary software programs are so sophisticated, we achieve them within a couple of computer clicks. I urge the young photographers out there who have never worked in a darkroom to visit this exhibit and see where your photo ancestry comes from.

A fully illustrated hard cover catalog is available through the MET’s bookstore for $60.


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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