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Woman in Champagne Glass

Howard S. Redell (American, active 1930s). [Woman in Champagne Glass], ca. 1930. Gelatin silver print; Image: 30.5 x 20.3 cm (12 x 8 in.); Frame: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.). Art and Industry Exhibition Photograph Collection, Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Boston, Mass. (olv work 505230)

Photoshop is a relatively new program that allows people to manipulate images digitally. However, artists began manipulating images long before Photoshop came to be.

The current exhibition Faking it: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, which traces the history of manipulated photography from the 1840s through the early 1990s, contains several images that call attention to the social standards of their day. For instance, the photograph above is risqué and uses a woman as a showpiece. In [Woman in Champagne Glass] by Howard S. Redell, a woman is smoking a cigarette while bathing in a glass of champagne. She is nude and seems to be enjoying herself in her life of luxury. The image is thought to have been an advertisement for a cigarette brand.

Come to the exhibition to see this and other examples of amazing photo alteration.

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