Pioneer of Surreal Photography - Jerry Uelsmann is a pioneer of surreal photography. He began assembling photographs from multiple negatives decades before digital tools like Photoshop were available. Back in the day, he was even friends with legendary nature photographer Ansel Adams and taught workshops with him in Yosemite for years.

Pioneer of Surreal Photography

Pioneer of Surreal Photography - Jerry Uelsmann is a pioneer of surreal photography. He began assembling photographs from multiple negatives decades before digital tools like Photoshop were available. Back in the day, he was even friends with legendary nature photographer Ansel Adams and taught workshops with him in Yosemite for years.

Jerry Uelsmann. Forty years ago, Jerry Uelsmann was an avant-garde photographer, using multiple negatives in a darkroom to create a single print that juxtaposed images in a strange, surreal way. Manipulating an image was considered heresy by some photography purists back then. Today Uelsmann is the traditionalist, continuing to use multiple enlargers in a darkroom rather than computer programs such as Photoshop for his ravashing works.

Jerry Uelsmann. Forty years ago, Jerry Uelsmann was an avant-garde photographer, using multiple negatives in a darkroom to create a single print that juxtaposed images in a strange, surreal way. Manipulating an image was considered heresy by some photography purists back then. Today Uelsmann is the traditionalist, continuing to use multiple enlargers in a darkroom rather than computer programs such as Photoshop for his ravashing works.

The Tree of Ruins- a house that living beings must not enter- on pain of death.

The Tree of Ruins- a house that living beings must not enter- on pain of death.


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Fascinating NYT interview with photographer, Jerry Uelsmann. Before Photoshop allowed image makers to bend reality to their will with a single keystroke there was Jerry Uelsmann.

Jerry Uelsmann's Analog Dreams

Fascinating NYT interview with photographer, Jerry Uelsmann. Before Photoshop allowed image makers to bend reality to their will with a single keystroke there was Jerry Uelsmann.

Title: Untitled Date: 2003 Photographer: Jerry Uelsmann Jerry Uelsmann's work is all about the natural earth. He like to show how natural it is and how must of a mystery it is. In this photo he is showing how close it is and that the earth is in our hands. In the hands is a ripple that the lake would make if a stone was thrown in the water, so it looks like the hand are holding the water and holding the earth or environment.

Title: Untitled Date: 2003 Photographer: Jerry Uelsmann Jerry Uelsmann's work is all about the natural earth. He like to show how natural it is and how must of a mystery it is. In this photo he is showing how close it is and that the earth is in our hands. In the hands is a ripple that the lake would make if a stone was thrown in the water, so it looks like the hand are holding the water and holding the earth or environment.

Jerry Uelsmann. Photo montage.Uelsmann received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, a founding member of The Society of Photographic Education and a former trustee of the Friends of Photography. Uelsmann’s work has been exhibited in more than 100 individual shows in the United States and abroad over the past thirty years.

Jerry Uelsmann. Photo montage.Uelsmann received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, a founding member of The Society of Photographic Education and a former trustee of the Friends of Photography. Uelsmann’s work has been exhibited in more than 100 individual shows in the United States and abroad over the past thirty years.

Detroit-born, Florida-based renowned photographer Jerry Uelsmann has been manipulating photos long before Photoshop transformed the world of photography. The skilled and diligent creative has produced remarkably believable surreal landscapes by hand in the dark room. Without the aid of photo editing software, Uelsmann uses multiple negatives and up to a dozen enlargers to create composite images that boast a wild imagination.

Detroit-born, Florida-based renowned photographer Jerry Uelsmann has been manipulating photos long before Photoshop transformed the world of photography. The skilled and diligent creative has produced remarkably believable surreal landscapes by hand in the dark room. Without the aid of photo editing software, Uelsmann uses multiple negatives and up to a dozen enlargers to create composite images that boast a wild imagination.

Untitled (Boat and Moon), by Jerry Uelsmann; WOW!  This is great!  Again, this is combining water, reflection, and light.  I am inspired by this photo because I will be using orbs as alternative life paths.  JR

Untitled (Boat and Moon), by Jerry Uelsmann; WOW! This is great! Again, this is combining water, reflection, and light. I am inspired by this photo because I will be using orbs as alternative life paths. JR

This poster hung in my college dorm room and my bedroom for years. #hippielife lol Nice to see her again.

This poster hung in my college dorm room and my bedroom for years. #hippielife lol Nice to see her again.

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