A Photo Manipulation History Timeline

People started manipulating images just a few decades after Niépce gave the world photography, and soon these altered images would change the face of history.

Images, like the one above featuring Abraham Lincoln's head superimposed on the body of Southern politician John Calhoun, stretched the limits of photography and became iconic images despite being a composite.

Image manipulation was a good way for people to control the messages their photos were sending to the world, as Mussolini proved when he had the horse handler removed from a 1942 photo so he would look more heroic.

And speaking of using image manipulation to shape a person's image, this infamous TV Guide cover featuring Oprah's head stuck on Ann-Margret's body caused quite a stir because it was such an obvious fake.

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Both Oprah's and Ann-Margret's people claim this cover was created without their permission, but are we really supposed to believe "the richest woman on TV" let this one slip by under her nose?

See Photo Manipulation Through History: A Timeline here


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