Faking It – Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Main Entrance Stairs (1000 5th Ave., Manhattan)
Suggested donation museum admission

The Metropolitan Museum of Art currently has a significant exhibition that all lovers of photography will find stimulating, the Faking It show.

The urge to modify camera images is as old as photography itself, only the methods have changed. Nearly every type of manipulation we now associate with digital photography was also part of the medium’s pre-digital repertoire: smoothing away wrinkles, slimming waistlines, adding people to a scene (or removing them), even fabricating events that never took place.

This international loan exhibition traces the history of manipulated photography from the 1840s through the early 1990s, when the computer replaced manual techniques as the dominant means of doctoring photographs. Most of the two hundred pictures on view were altered after the negative was exposed—through photomontage, combination printing, overpainting, retouching, or, as is often the case, a blend of several processes. In every instance, the final image differs significantly from what stood before the camera at any given moment.

Join us for a un- guided museum walk through the galleries of this amazing show. Afterward, we will meet behind the museum to photograph the famous land mark Obelisk and discuss ideas and ways we could integrate lessons from “Faking It” to create an image inspired by the exhibition.

The Day’s Agenda:

10 AM: We will meet at the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s main entrance. You are responsible for gaining entry to the museum. We will proceed to the second floor and spend the morning viewing the exhibition.

Noon: Lunch on your own or continue to explore the museum.

1 PM to 2 PM: Meet behind the Museum at the Obelisk (or Cleopatra’s Needle) and conduct a photo shoot. The Mavens will have select gear to try out.

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