All photography, all paintings, all sculpture is manipulated reality.
Every time a person creates/or puts forth an art creation he is using it to reflect the world as he sees it or wants others to see it.
There is no such thing as reality.
There is only your reality and my reality and 8 billion other realities.
The fun/joy/emotion in seeing "art" is to experience other people's realities.
And seriously, thinking analog photography is somehow pure is just nonsense.