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Jerry Uelsman established his unique and famous Photography style in the 1940s by using multiple photos to create a surrealistic and impressionist composite image. He's what we'd call 'old school' and is a modern day photographer with old style equipment. Even though he lives in an era when digital Photography is widely available, he chooses simply to stick with his film cameras and is famously quoted as saying...

"I am sympathetic to the current digital revolution and excited by the visual options created by the computer. However I feel my creative process remains intrinsically linked to the alchemy of the darkroom."



Uelsman exhibits up to this present day with his work being showcased across much of the USA. His exhibition is famously titled, Faking it: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop and serves as a poke that perhaps we can learn a thing or two from this great man.


Source: Uelsmann.net


Uelsman's work is Art at its finest. Manipulation without computer program - everything done within the darkroom. It's a pure definition of Surrealism, and is something that today is very rare and very much overlooked in terms of fine art. Uelsman is known globally as the Master of Montage, a title befitting of the man who shuns instant Photography in favour of his darkroom.

Surrealism is often misunderstood in the art world and like many genres, under-appreciated. Jerry Uelsman has made surrealism somewhat more popular with his work and this article explores why. Please :+fav: if you enjoyed it. :)
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Writing a critique on the article is difficult, because it is so short (even allowing that brevity is an important element of this particular format). There is no definition of some important ideas (surrealism, impressionism), let alone their role in photographic aesthetics, and no discussion of the significant differences between film and digital photography which are said to be important here. These absences mean that although Uelsman's work is highly praised, it is very difficult for the reader to form an independent judgment on the impact and value of his work.

However, it does succeed as an encouragement to look at more of Uelsman's work - particularly as a lot of what he does is claimed (wrongly) as a supposed virtue of digital techniques. I therefore give it four stars for originality and impact, but only two for vision (no explanation of the place of "surrealism" in photography) and three for technique (in terms of the literary effort to engage the reader in Uelsman's unique aesthetic vision).
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ScatteredAshe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting, thanks for sharing! :highfive:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
By any means necessary to express :thumbsup:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I prefer this kind of old school technique, photoshop is a great tool I use it almost everyday, but making such kind of surrealist picture is simply too easy with photoshop. I prefer trying to make them with my camera and keep photoshop for post treatment or far more complex manipulations and creations =)
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Me too :)
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Cr2O3 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
its so short
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why wouldnt surrealism be art?
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who doubts that different forms of process are valid/good ways to create art?

thanks for bringing this artist to my attention
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed it's short :) but it's basically just an overview of Uelsman's work and how that relates to surrealism. Many think surreal photgraphy here on dA isn't art. :P
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Cr2O3 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
hmmh
why would one think surreal photography aint art?
isnt that strange?
i mean
photography is art
surrealism is art
photomanip is art
so whats the deal??
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Surreal photography is not for everyone, you either love it, either hate it. Most people don't understand what the concept is because they are used to the usual photography, so maybe that's why it's so underrated. Art is in the eye of the beholder anyway.
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