I believe all photographers that are any good, manipulate the subject, otherwise they are just taking snapshots. This is where the "make a photograph, rather than take a photograph" comes from.
Even simple things like cropping, lens choice, depth of field etc manipulate a scene. After that burning and dodging take it farther. Controlling all the elements in a photograph is manipulation and the creative photographer is in charge of all of it.
Originally Posted by blansky
People don't hire portrait photographers for reality. Never have and never will.
Besides what is reality?
Les chaussettes de l'archiduchesse sont-elles sèches? Archi-sèches!