Eighth Day Wonder -" Jerry N. Uelsmann
First biography of Jerry N. Uelsmann, pioneer of inner landscape photomontage
American photographer Jerry N. Uelsmann (1934-2022) was a seminal figure in photo history. Uelsmann catalyzed the transfer from modernist to post-modern photography with his at the time controversial photo montages and double exposures. Decades before the birth of digital image editing programs like Photoshop, Uelsmann created photo montages by combining several negatives in the darkroom. He started to create his surreal, spiritual, and thought-provoking images in the late 1950s and continued to produce them, completely analog, throughout his life.
This first biography, written by Swedish photography historian Moa Petersen who was a close friend of Uelsmann's, addresses his role as disruptor of the traditional straight photography paradigm and the historical context that shaped him. Several of the included images are published here for the first time.
About this Author
Moa Petersén (b.1981) is a senior lecturer in Digital Culture and Art History & Visual Studies at the University of Lund. Petersén received her PhD in Art History from Lund University in 2013 with the thesis Impure Vision: American staged art photography of the 1970s. The thesis examines the shift between modernism and postmodernism in American art photography. Moa Petersén's research focuses on the Swedish biohacker and grinder movement, on how art can represent future climate change, and on American photography.
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