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Jerry Uelsmann

Turtle Blessing, 1968

Gelatin silver
12 3/4 × 10 1/2 in
32.4 × 26.7 cm
Bidding closed
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PROVENANCE: The artist; Gay Ann Burke, acquired from the above; The Estate of Gay Ann Burke. …

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PROVENANCE: The artist; Gay Ann Burke, acquired from the above; The Estate of Gay Ann Burke. Proceeds from the sale of this photograph will help fund the annual Gay Burke Memorial Fellowship in Photographic Arts, administered by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Gay Ann Burke was born December 30, 1946 in …

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Initialed and dated in pencil mount recto; signed, titled, and dated in ink mount verso.
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Jerry Uelsmann
American, b. 1934
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“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.

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About the work
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PROVENANCE: The artist; Gay Ann Burke, acquired from the above; The Estate of Gay Ann Burke. …

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PROVENANCE: The artist; Gay Ann Burke, acquired from the above; The Estate of Gay Ann Burke. Proceeds from the sale of this photograph will help fund the annual Gay Burke Memorial Fellowship in Photographic Arts, administered by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Gay Ann Burke was born December 30, 1946 in …

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Medium
Photography
Signature
Initialed and dated in pencil mount recto; signed, titled, and dated in ink mount verso.
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Jerry Uelsmann
American, b. 1934
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“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.

Jerry Uelsmann

Turtle Blessing, 1968

Gelatin silver
12 3/4 × 10 1/2 in
32.4 × 26.7 cm
Bidding closed
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