Jerry Uelsmann and John Ames. Gainsville, Florida: University of Florida Press. 1985.100 pages.
Jerry Uelsmann: Photosynthesis.
Jerry Uelsmann and A.D. Coleman. Gainsville, Florida: University of Florida Press. 1992. 114 pages.
Jerry Uelsmann & Maggie Taylor: This is not photography.
Lynda.com. 3h 56m. Documentary film. October , 2012.
Jerry Uelsmann is considered one of the most influential and innovative contemporary
photographers. With an MFA and MS from Indiana University (studied with
Henry Holmes Smith) and BA from Rochester Institute of Technology (studied with
Minor White), he began teaching photography at the University of Florida in
1960 where he is currently graduate research professor of art. He
received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 and a National Endowment for the Arts
Fellowship in 1972. Uelsmann challenged the realists of his time and is
credited with expanding the boundaries of fine art photography. He led
the avant garde beyond the strict limitations of presenting unfalsifiable
documentary evidence of events.
"Process and Perception" is an interesting and rare self-examination of the creative
process in which Uelsmann reveals his thinking and dark-room techniques in
creating ground-breaking surrealist photomontages in the pre-Photoshop days.
In fact, Adobe asked him to advise them in developing their initial tools
for Photoshop but he remains firmly rooted in the analog ways. His images
are transcendent with a mix of compatible and incompatible elements. He
juxtaposes polar opposites, the natural with the human-made, the abstract and
the concrete, the organic with the artificial, and the use of more than one
focal point in his work. The book includes a sample of his pre-1985
"Photosynthesis" is a bit short on text but rich in images. It does provide an interesting
arrangement of recurring themes in the best of his work to 1992. Coleman
was the photography critic for the New York Times, New York Observer and
columnist for Camera and Darkroom, Photo Metro and the British Journal of
Photography. He places Uelsmann's photomontage work and its important
contribution in the photographic tradition and documents both the critical
controversy and praise surrounding his work.
"This is not photography" is a very well done documentary film on the husband and wife
artists Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor. He works in black and white
film. dark room, multiple enlargers and photomontage and she works works with
digital cameras, Photoshop, scanners and found objects. Their backgrounds
are covered, where they find inspiration and their creative processes