Is this shopped? Truth, lies, and art before and after Photoshop
A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum is Photoshopping like it’s 1859
“This looks shopped — I can tell from some of the pixels, and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.”
“It was probably less than ten minutes that went by from the invention of photography to the point where people realized they could lie with photographs,” said film director Errol Morris in an interview with Motherboard last year.
In the beginning, most manipulation had to do with the limitations of early photographic equipment.
But things get even more interesting when business, politics, and propaganda start to mix historic documentation with artistic allegory – politically-motivated scenario -memes – propaganda.
“Let us not delude ourselves by the seemingly scientific nature of the darkroom ritual,” Uelsmann once wrote. “It has been and always will be a form of alchemy.” And although it’s based in algorithms and not chemicals, the same could be said of Photoshop’s digital darkroom — it’s just another method in our ongoing experimentation with the truth.
What is art? the definition of art and artist? No two definitions are the same.