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Itier passed through Macao in 1844 and the subjects of some of his
photographs — like the ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral, once the largest
Catholic cathedral in Asia — look little changed today. But most of
his photographs tell the story of a very different Macao, the one that
existed before land reclamation and rapid urbanization.
His work is a highlight of an exhibit called "A Journey through Light
and Shadow — The Invention of Photography and the Earliest Photographs
of Macao, China," which will run until Aug. 23 at the Museum of
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A reader, however, discovered on close examination that one of the
pictures was digitally altered, apparently for aesthetic reasons.
Editors later confronted the photographer and determined that most of
the images did not wholly reflect the reality they purported to show.
Had the editors known that the photographs had been digitally
manipulated, they would not have published the picture essay, which
has been removed from NYTimes.com."