"Photography, although commonly associated with truthfulness, has been
used to produce fiction since its introduction in 1839. The acceptance
of staging, and the degree of its application, has varied greatly
depending on the genre and the historical moment, but it has persisted
as an artistic approach. The photographs in this exhibition, drawn
exclusively from the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection, make no
pretense about presenting the world as it exists; instead, they are
the productions of directors and actors who rely on stagecraft and
occasional darkroom trickery to tell stories.
Spanning photography's history and expressing a range of sentiments,
the images in this exhibition are inspired by art history, literature,
religion, and mainstream media."