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Topic: Cool article about doctoring photos before the digital era...
This is a pretty neat gallery of photos from the 1800s and early to middle 1900s that were altered for one reason or another by photographers using old fashioned dark room tricks before the days of computers, digital cameras and Photoshop. Pretty neat and impressive I must say.
And another thing Steelgrave is that watch on the wrist of that Soviet soldier extending the flag on the Reichstag. Whether the photo was staged or not isn't imporant but its such a tiny insignificant part of an otherwise amazing picture, and the whole story about how it might have been looted and they erased it...If you didn't know the back story that is a wild doctored photo.
Stuff like this always blows my mind because we never lend the past enough credit for how they are able to do things that we can do today very easily. If those were brought to me today and I was shown the differences, I would have ventured a guess that someone did them on a computer, but to see that it was done at the original date is amazing.
Great find! I'm going to send this to my photography buddy to see if he knows of these kinds of tricks in the dark room!