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  1. 1. Jerry Uelsmann & Lucas Samaras
  2. 2. Jerry Uelsmann
  3. 3. Lucas Samaras
  4. 4. Photography Around the 1940’s
  5. 5. <ul><li>Popular documentation photography, such as portraits. </li></ul><ul><li>Example of this is Yousuf Karsh’s many portraits of famous people. </li></ul>Winston Churchill, 1941 Humphrey Bogart, 1946
  6. 6. <ul><li>Other examples of popular documentation photography were of events such as the Vietnam War. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Born in Detroit on June 11th, 1934. </li></ul><ul><li>Uelsmann received his BFA at Rochester Institute 1957. </li></ul><ul><li>He began teaching photography at the University of Florida in 1960. </li></ul><ul><li>He became a graduate research of art at the University in 1974. </li></ul><ul><li>He is now retired from teaching and living in Gainesville, Florida. </li></ul>Jerry Uelsmann
  8. 8. Untitled, 1982 Jerry Uelsmann
  9. 9. Jerry Uelsman Dreamtheather, 2004
  10. 10. Lucas Samaras <ul><li>Born in Macedonia, Greece, in 1936. </li></ul><ul><li>Graduated from Rutgers University in 1959 with a degree in art. </li></ul><ul><li>He studied a form of ‘performance art’ with artists such as Robert Whitman, and George Segal. </li></ul><ul><li>He is well known for his pioneering work in photography. </li></ul>
  11. 12. “ Photo Transformation”
  12. 13. The Link <ul><li>Both photographers were part of a movement going against the boundaries of traditional art. </li></ul><ul><li>In this time period, their photography was very avant-garde and fresh to the public. </li></ul><ul><li>They were also some of the first photographers to manipulate their photographs drastically, and take their photography to the next level. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Yousuf Karsh, 1948 Albert Einstein Comparison Self Portrait, 1973 Lucas Samaras
  14. 15. <ul><li>Lucas Samaras’ goal in his photography was essentially to distinguish the similarities between the human figure and objects. </li></ul><ul><li>Samaras does a great deal of “self investigation” or self exposure. </li></ul><ul><li>Through this self exposure came his “photo transformations” which he believed created an abstraction of form and color. </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>“ Exposing myself, visually or psychologically exposing through art, or some kind of artifice or control or device like art, it was done in a professional way. Others object, but if it is done professionally, it will get the job done.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Samaras </li></ul>
  16. 17. “ Photo Transformations” Lucas Samaras
  17. 18. <ul><li>Samaras wanted to take something people would find insulting and turn it into a virtue. </li></ul><ul><li>He wanted to be, along with his artwork, unpredictable; rather shocking. </li></ul>Lucas Samaras Untitled 1965
  18. 19. <ul><li>Uelsmann on the other hand focused on creativity, created a “reality that transcends surface reality”. </li></ul><ul><li>His goal was to create a dream-like world, passing the limits of traditional photography and discovering a surreal world beyond reality. </li></ul>
  19. 20. “ A camera is truly a license to explore. There are no uninteresting things. There are just uninterested people. For me to walk around the block where I live could take five minutes. But when I have a camera, it could take five hours. You just engage in the world differently.” - Uelsmann Jerry Uelsmann “ The Dreary Room”
  20. 21. Influences <ul><li>Samaras and Uelsmann were both influenced by the Dada / Surrealism movement. </li></ul><ul><li>Artists such as Man Ray and Salvador Dali played important roles in both photographers artwork. </li></ul>
  21. 22. Jerry Uelsmann Salvador Dali “ Galatea of the Spheres” “ Persistence of Memory”