Cataloger Greg Marcangelo turned up this image–a record catch from an August fishing expedition nearly 110 years ago.
Greg notes, “As a Pisces, I’m always on the lookout for nice pictures of fish. But this – is it even real?? A quick internet search confirms that Giant Sea Bass may reach these proportions!”
- Pisces or no, if you are also an admirer of fish, feast your eyes on the variety of fish pictures the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog has to offer.
- Greg had reason to be skeptical of the size of that fish, as the collections include images that go overboard in emphasizing the giant size of products and objects–as in these postcards showing California produce in transit.
- A photography exhibition recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art, along with the accompanying book, Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop by Mia Fineman (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, c2012), offer examples of the type of photo manipulation Greg thought might have been involved. The exhibition included an example from our collections showing, in part, General Grant–it took quite a bit of digging by one of our staff members to figure out which part!