Exhibitions/ Art Object

Untitled

Artist:
Jerry N. Uelsmann (American, born Detroit, Michigan, 1934)
Date:
1976, printed 1980
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 49.3 x 36 cm (19 7/16 x 14 3/16 in.) Frame: 76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.1073
Rights and Reproduction:
© Jerry N. Uelsmann
Not on view
Uelsmann revived the technique of combination printing pioneered by such Victorian art photographers as Oscar Gustave Rejlander and Henry Peach Robinson in the early 1960s, when darkroom manipulation was denigrated by many proponents of straight photography as a flagrant violation of photographic purity. His pictures, which he creates in a darkroom equipped with seven enlargers, are filled with mind-bending paradoxes, oblique symbolism, and bizarre contrasts of scale. Uelsmann’s work is now considered an important precursor to the seamless compositing widely associated with digital photography and Photoshop.
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