Scheinbaum & Russek is honored to present an exhibition of the work of the late Jerry Uelsmann, a master photographer, exceptional teacher, and great friend.
Jerry Uelsmann, through his artistic work and his teaching, furthered an area within the photographic oeuvre, creating and expanding 19th-century ideas to make his own vision. Going back to 19th-century ideas and mastering various darkroom and exposure techniques, Uelsmann has been able to bring the ideas that drove the Surrealist movement into photography. He does this not by photographing per se, but by creating finished photographic compositions that are made first in his mind, created from his psyche.
He approaches his imagery from a “post-visualization” perspective. He pours over his contact sheets and negatives, creating the finished product in his mind before he enters the darkroom while at the same time allowing himself the flexibility to alter and change the print as he works. Each print is an experiment individually produced without digital manipulation or copy negatives. Uelsmann notes, “It is my conviction that the darkroom is capable of being, in the truest sense, a visual research lab; a place for discovery, observation, and meditation.”