"A talented writer, Met assistant curator Mia Fineman traces photo 'fakery' to the dawn of the medium more than 150 years ago when artists took license for both aesthetic and commercial ends... Each chapter, as well as the 'Discussions of Individual Works,' yields pleasures and erudition, and overall, this finely curated collection is an unequivocal delight." -Publishers Weekly
“As ‘Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop’—curator Mia Fineman’s illuminating book ...shows us, the habit of aggressively adjusting photographs is actually an activity dating back to photography’s earliest days, and one that exposes a central question about the truth or artifice of the medium.”—The Boston Globe
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“Each chapter, as well as the “Discussions of Individual Works,” yields pleasures and erudition … this finely curated collection is an unequivocal delight.”—Publishers Weekly
“[O]ne of the most interesting, liveliest art history books I’ve read this year.”—Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes podcast
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Named a best book of 2012—Modern Art Notes
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“Fineman…presents a most extensive and articulate survey of the myriad ways that photographers have created manipulated photographs over the past 170-odd years. Illustrated with 276 well-reproduced examples of work ranging from the vernacular to the deliberately aesthetic, this well-written book has a good bibliography and a glossary of technical terms…Recommended.”—Choice
Long listed for the 2013 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards in the Best Photography Book category.
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About the Author
Mia Fineman is Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She has been a regular contributor to the New York Times, Slate, the Village Voice, and numerous other publications.