Episode #1346

Fake Photos & Cold Specks

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Untitled by Jerry Uelsmann Jerry Uelsmann, Untitled (Courtesy of Jerry Uelsmann/Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Fake photos aren’t just Photoshop.  An exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum showcases hundreds of strange and fascinating fakes from the predigital age, including high art, satire, and outright scams. Married photographers Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor are split on how best to create photomontage — he's an old-school darkroom guy, while she's embraced the computer. And the self-described “doom soul/gothic gospel” band Cold Specks plays live in the studio.

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Faking It: The Matrix

Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, at the Metropolitan Museum, contains hundreds of strange and fascinating pictures, all of them altered in different ways. Wandering through the show, Kurt Andersen realized that each image could be plotted along two axes ...

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Faking It: Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor

Since the 1960s, Jerry Uelsmann has been a giant of surreal photomontage. And he still works the old-fashioned way: “I’ve had images that I’ve worked on for two or three weeks in the darkroom.” But his wife, Maggie Taylor, creates her surreal photomontage on a computer ...

Video: Manipulating Photography

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Faking It: Photoshop Dissolves Reality

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Live in the Studio: Cold Specks

When the Canadian singer-songwriter who performs as Al Spx had to categorize her music, she made up a new genre: “doom soul/gothic gospel.” It was a joke, but it stuck, because it’s not really inaccurate.  Her songs are decidedly dark, but balanced by hopeful ...

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