How did we fake photos before Photoshop?

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Long before the invention of Photoshop, artists were creating trippy and groovy fake images — and a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art shows how. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop" opens at the Museum on Oct. 11, and the New York Daily News has a collection of some of the most surreal and insane fake photos.

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The techniques used to create these images include multiple exposure on a single negative, and printing a single print from multiple negatives. Says curator Mia Fineman, "There is this whole counter-tradition that is not about creating an accurate, trust-worthy image of the world, but about using the camera and dark-room techniques to manipulate the truth."

Check out a few of our favorite images below, and tons more at the New York Daily News site.

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Top image: ‘Room With Eye' (1930) by Maurice Tabard (1897–1984)

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‘Dream No. 1: ‘Electrical Appliances for the Home' (1948) by Grete Stern (1904-1999)

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‘Two-Headed Man' (1855) by unidentified American artist

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‘Man on Rooftop with Eleven Men in Formation on His Shoulders' (ca. 1930) by unidentified American artist

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‘Man Juggling His Own Head' (ca. 1880) by unidentified French artist

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‘Hearst Over The People' (1939) by Barbara Morgan (1900-1992)

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‘Dirigible Docked on Empire State Building, New York' (1930) by unidentified American artist

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