Editorial Reviews“As ‘Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop’—an important new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accompanied by curator Mia Fineman’s illuminating book of the same title from Yale University Press—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
“engrossing… A talented writer, Met assistant curator 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… an unequivocal delight”
“In the extraordinary 296-page catalogue for the exhibition she curated at the Metropolitan Museum, Fineman is clear to differentiate between the universal manipulations of all lensed images, which she describes as "translating the constantly changing, full- color, three- dimsensional world into a flat, static, bounded image," and "manipulated photography," in which "the final image is not identical to what the camera 'saw' in the instant at which the negative was exposed."
— BOMB Magazine
“In these days when electronic image sensors and microchips have all but replaced shutters and silver- based film… Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop makes plain, doctoring images has been going on since at least 1841, when a friend of Fox Talbot’s blotted out a superfluous Capuchin friar from his calotype of a scene in Malta. Enter a world of wispy spirits, montaged blue skies, lopped-off Communists and suspiciously rosy- cheeked portraits in this finely written history.”
—World Of Interiors
“Faking It, Mia Fineman’s comprehensive history of manipulated photography… meticulously researched … Intriguingly, Fineman looks at how image manipulation has been used to similar ends within very different contexts… many fascinating stories in this book.”