Jerry Uelsmann by Jerry N. Uelsmann
Photo Synthesis

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When Uelsmann began his career in the late 1950s, fine-art photography was dominated by the documentary tradition of Walker Evans and the purist aesthetic of Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and the West Coast School. Today, the photomontage - the composite image generated in the darkroom by multiple printing technqiues that employ several negatives - has become an accepted art form, and Uelsmann is the modern master of it. This collection of the best of his images created over the past 35 years documents his seminal contribution to 20th century art. Uelsmann's technique of merging disparate images produces seamless, surreal compositions as emotionally and psychologically allusive as they are technically flawless. Jerry N. Uelsmann, a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, has had more than 100 major exhibitions of his work over the past 30 years at museums and galleries worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the George Eastman House. His photographs are in the permanent collections of these and many other national and international museums, among them the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Metropolitan Museum, the Royal Photographic Society (London), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto), the Bibliotheque National (Paris), and the National Galleries of Scotland, Australia, and Canada.
 

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Jerry Uelsmann's long and celebrated career has been closely intertwined with the history of photography in our time. Born in Detroit in 1934, he studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Indiana University. Uelsman began teaching at the University of Florida in 1960 and has been a graduate research professor there since 1974. He has recently retired from teaching and continues to photograph and lecture about his work. Past books include Jerry Uelsmann: Photo Synthesis and Uelsmann: Process and Perception. He lives with his wife, artist Maggie Taylor, in Gainesville, Florida. Peter Bunnell is one of our foremost experts on photography. For thirty years he was McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art at Princeton University, where he also served as faculty curator of photography at the university's art museum.
 
Published August 1, 1992 by University Press of Florida. 128 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In an enlightening, authoritative foreword to this retrospective collection of Uelsmann's radical photo art, Coleman, who teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, cites photomonta

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In an enlightening, authoritative foreword to this retrospective collection of Uelsmann's radical photo art, Coleman, who teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, cites photomonta

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“As far as I’m concerned,’’ Uelsmann has said, “the darkroom is truly capable of being a visual research laboratory, a place of discovery, observation, and meditation.’’ Like Duane Michals or Jeff Wall, Uelsmann stages his photographs.

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“As far as I’m concerned,’’ Uelsmann has said, “the darkroom is truly capable of being a visual research laboratory, a place of discovery, observation, and meditation.’’ Like Duane Michals or Jeff Wall, Uelsmann stages his photographs.

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In an enlightening, authoritative foreword to this retrospective collection of Uelsmann's radical photo art, Coleman, who teaches at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, cites photomontages of 19th-century sentimentalists and Dadaists of the 1920s as important precursors to Uelsmann...

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