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Jerry Uelsmann (American, b.1934)
LOT ID: 67440
Untitled (Skybox), 1980

Silver Print
15.2 х 19 in. (38.61 x 48.26 cm.)
Signed
Lot description
Jerry Uelsmann, Untitled (Skybox), 1980. Gelatin silver print, 15.2 X 19 in. (38.6 X 48.3 cm.) Signed on verso.

This is an early print of this image, purchased in 1981.

A pioneer in the art of multilayered imagery, photographer Jerry Uelsmann (born 1934) is best known for his seamlessly grafted composite images in black and white. His photographs combine several negatives to create surreal landscapes that interweave images of trees, rocks, water and human figures in new and unexpected ways.

Jerry Norman Uelsmann was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 11, 1934, the second son of an independent grocer. He attended public schools and was never a particularly diligent student. During his high school years he became interested in photography as a serious vocation. Uelsmann enrolled at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1953. The strongest early influence on his creative process came from instructors like Minor White and Ralph Hattersley at the Rochester Institute. As Uelsmann put it, the most significant lesson he learned from White was that his camera had the ability not only to record images, but also that "it did have the potential of transcending the initial subject matter." As a teacher, White was concerned less with teaching the technical details of the camera-lens system than he was with using that system to transform what was seen.

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