Jerry Uelsmann

One of my favorite modern photographers will always be Jerry Uelsmann. With his work it is the craft I admire as much as the finished product. With modern technology much photo manipulation is possible, but the manipulation in the darkroom that began long ago is much a much more painstaking process. Jerry Uelsmann still uses the old techniques and his finished photographs are seamless creations that make the viewer question reality. It's also just as important when imagination is rampant what combinations one can make--that is to say, artists must exercise restraint and show good judgement when composing their work just as they would for a more traditional image that doesn't employ "shock tactics." That's where I believe Uelsmann's photographs stand head and shoulders above other modern photographers. All analysis aside, I could just stare at one of his photographs for hours...


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