Reality Check Past

September 9–December 7, 2013

Clicking the shutter is just the beginning of the photographer's touch. Whether adding ectoplasmic forms to Spiritualist photographs, creating false narratives in Communist political propaganda, or airbrushing unattainable ideals of feminine beauty, photographers have manipulated their images throughout the history of the medium. Thus, viewers must question every picture's verisimilitude. Digital technologies have now given photographers even more control in constructing imagery—and we have learned to trust our eyes even less.

Matthew Brandt, Daniel Gordon, Stephen Mallon, Chris McCaw, Christina Seely, Angela Strassheim, Gastón Ugalde,
Sandra & David Bakalar Gallery
Free and open to the public. Always.

This exhibition was curated by Lisa Tung with Chloé Zaug. Partial funding for this exhibition was generously provided by the Krupp Family Foundation. Exhibition design and installation overseen by Rob Gainfort. 

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