Went to The Met today to see the new photography exhibition: Faking It; Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. A great exhibit – too big (aren’t they always)- but really well put together. It is up until January 27, 2013. If you like photography and are in the city at any point check it out.
One thing (of many) I loved was that it gave me a chance to introduce Abigail to the manipulation of history via photograph. The best example, naturally, involved that charming man, old Joe Stalin. The exhibition showed a sequence of pictures from various Soviet sources; newspaper, magazine, book etc. The first picture was Stalin with 4 other leaders of the USSR. The second picture; the one on the far right had disappeared. The third iteration was down to Stalin and 2 others and finally, this is the same picture mind you, it was Stalin and one other gentleman. Abigail was very impressed.
[Note for my psychologist friends: 50% of the time I meant to type Stalin – I typed Stain.]
Two of my favorite manipulations:
The next image was 23 yards long as originally published. The image is by Mikhail Razulevich from 1932/1933 and involved over 300 images from the state archives. Made to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and titled: “The Reality Of Our Plan Is Active People”. Mind you this thing was 23 yards long!
I also checked out the Warhol exhibit: Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, 50 Years. Nice exhibit. I did find it, odd shall we say, that at an exhibit that has this curator’s note…
Cool, crisp fall day today…
In the US?…don’t forget to “fall back”. DST ends tonight!