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Thomas Kellner, 51#01 Houston, Dancing Chimneys, Houston Refinery, 2006, chromogenic print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase with funds provided by Photo Forum 2007. © Thomas Kellner

Artful Thursday “Faking What? Photography’s Love Affair with Science & Technology”

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Speaker: Prince Varughese Thomas, artist and associate professor of art, Lamar University.

This presentation complements the exhibitions Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop and After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age.

Photography evolved due to numerous efforts—some failures and some successes, all with impermanent results—beginning during the 1790s. By 1826 or 1827, French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce had developed a method to create a permanent photographic print. And by 1838, Frenchman Louis Daguerre, who had learned from and collaborated with Niépce (who died in 1833), introduced a simpler—though still cumbersome—photographic process.

Most who used this technology did so for portraits and landscapes; however, as photography spread, so too did the means to manipulate images. Traditional manipulation included using brushes or airbrushes to retouch or colorize prints with ink or paint; creating prints by double exposure; piecing negatives or prints together in the darkroom; and scratching Polaroids. With computers, scanners, and digital cameras, the ease of photographic manipulation has quickened its pace and broadened its applications. Visual artists use digital photographic manipulation in innumerable contexts—for aesthetics, social or political commentary, and humor. Questions? E-mail

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General admission is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell.

Promotional support generously provided by Houston Public Radio - KUHF 88.7 FM & Classical 91.7 FM.

Special thanks to Adept Word Management for transcription services.

Refreshments generously provided by Starbucks locations at Rice Village and Shepherd/Harold.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.