“Faking It” at the Met Museum

Digital photography has exploded in the past 15-20 years, upending many of the traditional photographic techniques and traditions that separated the masters from the amateurs. To be fair, as with any other digital technology, the art of photography is more democratic than ever, giving voice to a new generation of photographers, with changing expectations of how an image is viewed. In many ways, it mirrors the shift that happened in the music industry with the likes of Napster and Apple iTunes.

There is no doubt that Adobe Photoshop changed photography. And just like in music, this digital newcomer (now industry leader), comes with its share of controversy. The term to “photoshop” is sure to conjure negative associations, among photographers and viewers alike, conjuring up over-edited photos and unrealistic models. To be sure, Photoshop has made it easier than ever to doctor an image, but is it fair to place all of the blame on Photoshop?

This is a question that the latest photography exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art tries to answer (aptly sponsored by Adobe). Perhaps the title of the exhibit gives away the verdict: Faking It.

Learn more about the exhibit. Now through January 27th, 2013.

© Image, Met Museum

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