Presentation on theme: "NEW VISIONS AND FORMS PHOTOGRAPHY Man Ray Jerry Uelsmann."— Presentation transcript:
NEW VISIONS AND FORMS PHOTOGRAPHY Man Ray Jerry Uelsmann
Man Ray (1890 - 1976) “I’m a ‘fautegrapher.’ My works are designed to amuse, annoy, bewilder, mystify, and inspire reflection.”
Born in Philadelphia as “Emmanuel Radnitsky” – his family gave him the name “Man Ray” when he was 15, and he wished only to be known by that name from that time on. Later moved with his family to New York City and attended the Academy of Fine Arts. Met Alfred Stieglitz in 1910, and became influenced by his work and that of the modern artists he saw at the “291” gallery. As a painter and a sculptor, along with artist Marcel Duchamp, he started the American branch of the Dada movement, which began in Europe as a radical rejection of traditional art. Around 1920 he began photographing his paintings for record purposes, but soon started exploring the photographic medium for its own sake.
Moved to Paris in 1921, to join the community of Parisian artists who shared his independent spirit, and made a living as a professional fashion and portrait photographer, while pursuing more experimental and creative work on the side. Over the next twenty years, Man Ray revolutionized the art of photography. He emphasized chance effects and surprising combinations and used solarization, grain enlargement, and camera-less prints (photograms), which he called “Rayographs.” Fled Paris before the Nazi occupation in 1940 and settled in Hollywood, where he continued to work and teach for the next ten years. Photography then took second place to painting for the rest of his career, though he experimented with color photography in the 1950-60’s.
Jerry Uelsmann (1934 - ) “Ultimately, my hope is to amaze myself. The anticipation of discovering new possibilities becomes my greatest joy.”
Born in Detroit, Michigan and developed an interest in photography as a high school student. Graduated in the first four-year BFA degree program in photography at R.I.T. in 1957, studying under Minor White. Received his MFA in communications, art history and design in 1960. Has been teaching at the University of Florida since 1960. In 1964, was a founding member of the Society for Photographic Education. Began to use the darkroom as a “visual research lab” in 1965. He practices and promotes “post-visualization” – the willingness of the photographer to revisualize the final image.
For over 25 years, he has experimented with complex multiple prints, negative images, and other techniques. His photomontage prints are pristine and seamless. Received his greatest exposure from 1967-75 through exhibitions, publication, and honors. Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967. Embarked on an extensive lecture and demonstration tour for the major art schools and institutes throughout the United States in 1968. Received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972, and was made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 1973, the same year an entire issue of Aperture was devoted to his work. In 1981, a report by American Photographer named Uelsmann’s work as one of the ten most collected in the country. His photographs are in the collections of many major museums around the world.