Saturday, May 25, 2013

Stunning Surreal Photography by Jerry Uelsmann

Way before Photoshop, Jerry Uelsmann was crafting surreal photographs by hand in the dark room. Uelsmann stated assembling images from multiple negatives back in the early 1950's. His darkroom expertise allowed him to create surreal images using as many as seven enlargers to expose a single print. The process takes about eight to ten hours from start to finish.

"I had become restless with trying to find an image that satisfied me in camera," he explains. "The idea that the creative gesture in photography was when you clicked the shutter was popular when I was a graduate student."

"One day while I was waiting for some prints to wash, I looked across at the enlargers and thought to myself that if I had the negatives in different enlargers and simply moved the paper, the speed with which I could explore things or line them up would increase a hundred times. That was the moment that changed the way I worked with multiple images."

(Stunning Surreal Photography by Jerry Uelsmann, via My Modern Metropolis)

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