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Jerry Uelsmann (American, b.1934)
LOT ID: 8235
Untitled (Floating Trees), 1969

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
11 х 14 in. (27.94 x 35.56 cm.)
Signed, On Verso
Lot description
Jerry Uelsmann, Untitled (Floating Trees), 1969. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 inches, 27.94 x 35.56 centimeters. Signed.

Classic Uelsmann landscape interpretation.

‘Jerry N. Uelsmann (born 11 June 1934) is an American photographer. Uelsmann was born in Detroit, Michigan.He is a master printer producing composite photographs with multiple negatives and extensive darkroom work. He uses up to a dozen enlargers at a time to produce his final images. Similar in technique to Rejlander, Uelsmann is a champion of the idea that the final image need not be tied to a single negative, but may be composed of many. Unlike Rejlander, though, he does not seek to create narratives, but rather allegorical surrealist imagery of the unfathomable. Uelsmann is able to subsist on grants and teaching salary, rather than commercial work.
Today, with the advent of digital cameras and Photoshop, photographers are able to create a work somewhat resembling Uelsmann's in less than a day, however, at the time Uelsmann was considered to have almost "magical skill" with his completely analog tools. Uelsmann used the darkroom frequently, sometimes using three to ten enlargers to produce the expected effect. Photos are still widely regarded as documentary evidence of events, and Uelsmann, along with people like Lucas Samaras, was considered an avant garde shatterer of the popular conception.
Uelsmann holds a B.F.A. degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and M.S. and M.F.A. degrees from Indiana University. He began teaching photography at the University of Florida in 1960. He is now retired from teaching and currently lives in Gainesville, Florida along with his third wife, Maggie Taylor. Uelsmann has one son, Andrew, who is a graduate student at the University of Florida.
In 1981, a report by American Photographer ranked Uelsmann as being amongst the top ten photographers collected in America. His smaller works presently sell for between $1000 and $2500 at auction.
His photographs can be seen in the opening credits of The Outer Limits (1995). His artwork is also featured in the progressive metal band Dream Theater's 7th studio album Train of Thought (2003).’ [wiki]
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