Jerry Uelsmann  

Photographs 1982 - 2009

This exhibition presents a selection of black & white photographs by Jerry Uelsmann dating from 1982 - 2009. He is best known throughout the world as the modern master of the photomontage. His dreamlike, composite images are created by printing elements from several negatives onto single sheets of photographic paper. His laborious method of hand printing in the darkroom utilizes as many as a dozen negatives and multiple enlargers. He developed this technique in the 1950s and perfected it by the 1960s, predating the layered imagery of digital photography by decades. Initially, his dramatic, surrealistic, style of image-making challenged conventional notions of reality as depicted in photography and was seen as iconoclastic. His body of work is now considered classic in a long tradition of experimental photography practiced as an expressive art form.

Jerry Uelsmann’s work has been exhibited in more than 100 solo shows in the United States and abroad over the past 40 years. A solo exhibition in 1967 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City set the stage for an extraordinary career. His photographs are included in numerous collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The National Museum of American Art in Washington, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Gallery of Australia, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto and the Museum of Photography in Seoul, Korea.

Born in Detroit in 1934, Jerry Uelsmann lives in Gainesville, Florida. He received his B.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his M.S. and M.F.A from Indiana University. Now retired from teaching, he influenced multiple generations of students at the University of Florida in Gainesville during a teaching career begun in 1960. His work is the subject of numerous monographs published in the United States and abroad.

 

Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled
Untitled, 1982
Gelatin-silver print
10.5 x 12.5 inches
Framed: 16 x 20 inches
Defining Light, 2009
Gelatin-silver print
9.75 x 12.75 inches
Framed: 16 x 20 inches
Untitled, 1990
Gelatin-silver print
10.5 x 13 inches
Framed: 16 x 20 inches
Dream Theater, 2004
Gelatin-silver print
13.5 x 9.5 inches
Framed: 20 x 16 inches
Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled
Untitled, 1988
Gelatin-silver print
13 x 10 inches
Framed: 20 x 16 inches
The Committee, 2002
Gelatin-silver print
13 x 10 inches
Framed: 20 x 16 inches
Untitled, 2003
Gelatin-silver print
10.5 x 13 inches
Framed: 16 x 20 inches
Self-Reflection, 2009
Gelatin-silver print
10.5 x 12.5 inches
Framed: 16 x 20 inches
Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled
Untitled, 2008
Gelatin-silver print
10 x 13 inches
Framed: 16 x 20 inches
Untitled, 1990
Gelatin-silver print
13.25 x 9.75 inches
Framed: 20 x 16 inches
Untitled, 2003
Gelatin-silver print
13 x 10.25 inches
Framed: 20 x 16 inches
Untitled, 2008
Gelatin-silver print
13 x 10 inches
Framed: 20 x 16 inches
Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled
Untitled, 1991
Gelatin-silver print
13 x 10.25 inches
Framed: 20 x 16 inches
Journey into Night, 2006
Gelatin-silver print
13 x 10 inches
Framed: 20 x 16 inches
Dialog with Solitude, 2006
Gelatin-silver print
13.5 x 10 inches
Framed: 20 x 16 inches
Untitled, 1992
Gelatin-silver print
13.25 x 10.25 inches
Framed: 20 x 16 inches