Digitally Manipulated

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Digital manipulation is the process of digitally editing an image. It is often referred to as “photoshopping,” in reference to Adobe’s popular eponymous photo-editing software, first released in 1990 (other notable programs include Corel Photopaint and Paint Shop Pro). Over 20 years after it first came out, the Metropolitan Museum of Art addressed the influence of the ubiquitous software on contemporary photography in its 2012 exhibition “After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age,” which included work by artists Joan Fontcuberta, Kelli Connell, and Filip Dujardin, among others. Contemporary painters such as Glenn Brown and Albert Oehlen bridge the digital-analog divide by using manipulation software to transform source images, translating computerized brushstrokes into oil paint, which they then apply on canvas.