July 31, 2007

Photo tampering

Photographic manipulation has been around much longer than Photoshop. In fact, it's been around as long as photographs themselves. Here's a great site showing some of the many great examples over the years.

"circa 1860: This nearly iconic portrait of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is a composite of Lincoln's head and the Southern politician John Calhoun's body. Putting the date of this image into context, note that the first permanent photographic image was created in 1826 and the Eastman Dry Plate Company (later to become Eastman Kodak) was created in 1881."

"circa 1865: In this photo by famed photographer Mathew Brady, General Sherman is seen posing with his Generals. General Francis P. Blair (far right) was added to the original photograph."