Photo-manipulations vs. photography

Started 3 months ago | Polls thread
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Even in the early film Era

Laybourne wrote:

Well, I must say this thread succeeded beyond my wildest dreams! Kudos to all the contributors.

Follow-up Q: Do you guys think the computational shallow DOF many smartphones now are using qualifies as a photo-manipulation or is the resulting image still a photograph? I could see it being argued both ways.

Even in the early film Era

It was mostly manipulation. Sometimes in posing or staging the scene, sometimes in the dark room

Heck, there are even famous historical photos that had certain people "removed" from the photo, and hence (or so Stalin hoped) from history

"How Photos Became a Weapon in Stalin’s Great Purge

Stalin didn’t have Photoshop—but that didn’t keep him from wiping the traces of his enemies from the history books. Even the famous photo of Soviet soldiers raising their flag after the Battle of Berlin was altered."

https://www.history.com/news/josef-stalin-great-purge-photo-retouching

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