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August 30, 2012 5:41 AM   Subscribe


"Two-Headed Man" looks to me like a prop texture from Fallout: New Vegas or Starship Titanic.
posted by clorox at 5:50 AM on August 30, 2012 [1 favorite]

Not historic, but relevant (no Photoshop).
posted by nathancaswell at 5:51 AM on August 30, 2012

Weegee did a lot of photo manipulation.
posted by Mikon6 at 6:00 AM on August 30, 2012

Nothing on Playboy? They spent a small fortune on retouching every month. (When Bob Guccione founded Penthouse, he couldn't afford the photo retouchers that Hugh Hefner used, so he put all of his early pictorials in soft-focus by the low-tech technique of smearing Vaseline on the camera lens.)
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:34 AM on August 30, 2012

One of the very early uses of photo-manipulation was to prove it could be just as "artistic" as painting, meaning the photographer could get each element in the photo "perfect" and arranged just like he wanted and then cut up a bunch of photos and carefully re-arrange them into a whole scene that resembled the then dominate form of social narrative painting (where every element in the painting was supposed to inform you to the narrative) and not merely "document a scene".
posted by The Whelk at 6:36 AM on August 30, 2012

That NSFW would be a lot more helpful above the fold, since it's linked there too, don't you think?
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:41 AM on August 30, 2012

Fake. Totally shooped.
posted by clvrmnky at 6:45 AM on August 30, 2012

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Man Juggling his own Head look so much like what a photoshop/after effects novice does when they first start using the program.

Room With Eye would be a prior attempt, before they realized how tedious it was to lasso around the eyelashes (the novice does not know how to mask yet).
posted by postcommunism at 6:46 AM on August 30, 2012

I met a guy who said in the 70s he was employed by the Pittsburgh Press to retouch news photos by hand. The main job was to remove the men with long hair and the women with miniskirts from all of the news coverage.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:53 AM on August 30, 2012

No Jerry Uelsmann?
posted by pjern at 6:54 AM on August 30, 2012

Horace Rumpole : don't you think?

I do. Thanks to cortex for getting that corrected.
posted by quin at 7:16 AM on August 30, 2012

This book is pretty essential to the idea ( and funny! Note the Stalin entallening)

The Commissar Vanishes is one of my favorite things to show people.
posted by R. Mutt at 7:56 AM on August 30, 2012

So many old photographs, to me, look like illustrations.
posted by owtytrof at 8:30 AM on August 30, 2012

These photos are exactly why I don't want to see the special effects in pre-cgi movies to be redone. They may not be as perfect or as polished, but the artistry with the tools they had is remarkable.

The "Man on Rooftop with Eleven Men in Formation on His Shoulders" and "Hearst Over The People" are striking images, as is "Dream No. 1: 'Electrical Appliances for the Home'".
posted by jb at 8:36 AM on August 30, 2012

That Lenin and Stalin picture looks just like one of the "incredibly realistic pencil drawing"s that get posted from time to time.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:14 AM on August 30, 2012

Where's the J.K. Potter artwork?
posted by asfuller at 9:48 AM on August 30, 2012

Jerry Uelsmann is mentioned in the article, but I couldn't find any pics in the exhibit. Here's one of my favourites (unfortunately not on display).

I studied with one of Uelsmann's students... I guess that makes him my grandpa.
posted by phliar at 3:38 PM on August 30, 2012

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