Long before the internet was brimming with photoshopped images, actually long before there were any computers at all, artists were manipulating photos using a variety of manual techniques. The awesome image you see here, entitled Io + gatto (Cat + I), was created back in 1932 by Italian experimental photographer Wanda Wulz.
"The urge to modify camera images is as old as photography itself—only the methods have changed. Nearly every type of manipulation we now associate with digital photography was also part of the medium’s pre-digital repertoire: smoothing away wrinkles, slimming waistlines, adding people to a scene (or removing them)—even fabricating events that never took place."
Io + gatto is part of an exhibition entitled Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop, “that takes a look at manipulated photography from the 1840s until the 1990s, when digital photo editing largely replaced manual techniques. The exhibition includes some 200 works, from quaint Victorian trick photography to misleading propaganda images. Organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the exhibition is currently on display at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., through May 5, 2013.”
[via Laughing Squid]