Photoshopping photos before there was Photoshop

Posted By on October 22, 2011

Since I go back a few years in photography (pre-digital by a few years) and did my share of dodging, burning and sandwiching with film and paper in the darkroom, I’m well aware of what photographers did to enhance photos … but here was one I must not have remembered.

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The Life Magazine photo during the height of the Vietnam War protests at Kent State University in 1970 is iconic. What most didn’t know was that it was manipulated for artistic clarity … the fence post behind Mary Ann Vecchio head was removed before printing (correcting a major faux pas in photographic composition). (Link to a few more)


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