Offbeat: Before Photoshop

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By: Nu Yang

Offbeat: Before Photoshop

A newspaper’s job is to report the truth in its copy and its visuals, but a collection of Baltimore Sun photos from the 1920s to the 1970s prove there was more than meets the eye when they show how the Sun used to edit images before they made it to print.  

The photos were part of an exhibit at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County this spring called A New Context. Images were grouped into categories, such as Icons, Body Language, and Competition, and offered an inside look at how newspapers marked-up and wrote instructions on prints back when photographers used film cameras.  

The exhibition was curated from pieces collected from the Sun Archives housed in UMBC’s Special Collections in the Albin O. Kuhn Library. About 750, 000 prints, negatives and transparencies dating from the 1930s through the 1980s are contained in the photography collection.

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