Jerry Uelsmann started teaching photography at the University of Florida in 1974 and is now retired. His photographs are in permanent collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum (U.S. and Japan) and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House. The exhibition “The Mind’s Eye: 50 Years of Photography by Jerry Uelsmann” is now open at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, he is also currently exhibited in Aperture Magazine.
Born in 1934, he has developed darkroom techiniques that look as if theyve been done in Photoshop. His work is very surreal. He puts together images that are physically impossible, such as water pouring out of a canvas, or a ladder coming out of a heap of clouds.
I’m attracted to his work because of some of the escapist themes I see throughout, though some are bizarre to me. The manipulation created is phenomenal, since none of it is done on a computer.