Jerry Uelsmann

Jerry Uelsmann’s photographs are surreal, products of an intensely imaginative mind, made seamlessly in the darkroom using classical photographic techniques from blending six or seven negatives into one seductive, mystical image.

In 2013 point light gallery was proud to introduce the work of Jerry Uelsmann to Australia in a solo exhibition entitled “Imaginings”.

Born in Detroit 1934, Uelsmann received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1957 and his Master of Fine Arts at Indiana University in 1960. He began teaching photography at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1960, became a Graduate Research Professor of Art at that university in 1974 and is now retired from teaching. He still lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Uelsmann received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, a founding member of The Society of Photographic Education and a former trustee of the Friends of Photography. Uelsmann’s work has been exhibited in more than 100 individual shows in the United States and abroad over the past thirty years. His photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums worldwide, including the following -

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL

George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa, Toronto, Canada
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

Royal Photographic Society, London, England
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

To learn more about Jerry Uelsmann and his unique style and vision please visit his website at