Before the Photoshop Era, Here Are What Manipulated Photos Looked Like in the Early 20th Century
“Pumpkins grown in Iowa soil are profitable”
Photo manipulation dates back to some of the earliest photographs captured on glass and tin plates during the 19th century. The practice began not long after the creation of the first photograph (1825) by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce who developed heliography and made the first photographic print from a photoengraved printing plate.
When we go after something in Colorado, we got it”
Traditional photographic prints can be altered using various methods and techniques that involve manipulation directly to the print, such as retouching with ink, paint, airbrushing, or scratching Polaroids during developing (Polaroid art).
So what did manipulated photos look like in the early 20th century? Just check out these fascinating photos from Rick Soloway to see.
“Zeppelin flying over Cosmopolitan Studios, N.Y. 1927” is noted on back
A New Farm Hand
An Early Bi-Plane in Flight
Bobby Leach and his barrel
County Fair Corn Contest
Garden City, Iowa
Hauling Pineapples, Honolulu
Lobsters and Lady
Man Eating Bass
May the Best Man Win
Rocky Mountain Rack Jabbit
The Train Hold-Up
Two Wise Old Birds
West Texas Jackrabbit