How People Photoshopped before Photoshop

1850s-1950s: 100 years of manipulating images without computers

Prior to 1985 photographs were retouched by hand using paint or ink, pieced together in the darkroom from separate photographs. Airbrushing as a term is still in use today, though the technique originated much earlier. All these required a degree of artistic skill and, for some, access to a darkroom.


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