While digital photography and image-editing software have brought about an increased awareness of the degree to which camera images can be manipulated, the practice of doctoring photographs has existed since the medium was invented.

“Faking it: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop” was a 2012 exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Featuring some 200 visually captivating photographs created between the 1840s and 1990s in the service of art, politics, news, entertainment, and commerce, the exhibition offered a provocative new perspective on the history of photography as it traces the medium’s complex and changing relationship to visual truth