Is Seeing Believing?
Resources for teaching about
the manipulation of
photographic images
Written by Frank Baker  ©2003,2004

Civil War




“Fading Away” 1858  Photographer: H.P. Robinson

(Robinson’s) most famous photograph “Fading Away” is a composition of five negatives, in which he shows a young girl dying of tuberculosis surrounded by her family. It was very controversial, because many felt that it was acceptable for the painters to approach this kind of tragic and intimate moments, but it was not appropriate for a photographer to do so. (Source)

Composite of Abraham Lincoln and John Calhoun by Unidentified creator
Composite photograph of John Calhoun’s body and Abraham Lincoln’s head. (1860s) (Source)

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