Jerry Uelsmann, ‘Navigation Without Numbers’, 1971, Heritage Auctions
Jerry Uelsmann, ‘Navigation Without Numbers’, 1971, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Dry mounted to board measuring 20 x 16 inches; moderate foxing to the mount with minor foxing to the image; minor edge wear; silver mirroring; framed under glass. Framed Dimensions 20 X 16 Inches

Signature: Initialed, titled, and dated in pencil mount recto; signed, titled, and dated in ink mount verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

The artist; Gay Ann Burke, acquired from the above; The Estate of Gay Ann Burke.

About Jerry Uelsmann

“I’ve spent so much time in the darkroom that it’s a part of me,” says Jerry Uelsmann, a pioneer in darkroom techniques who discovered a way to calibrate negatives on enlargers to blend various photographic images into a single surrealistic photomontage. Over the course of a career that began more than 50 years ago, his manipulated photographs have grown more beguiling and complex, but his methods and materials have remained the same. “The darkroom to this day—even though the computer world has emerged—has an alchemy aspect for me. It’s magical watching an image come up in the developer,” he says. Out of Uelsmann’s darkroom come exquisitely crafted gelatin silver prints featuring, for example, a thick mass of roots sprouting a house or, in a nod to Marcel Duchamp and the Surrealists, an eye embedded in a urinal.

American, b. 1934, Detroit, Michigan