Before There Was Photoshop, These Photographers Knew How to Manipulate an Image

Jerry Uelsmann and other artists manually blended negatives to produce dreamlike sequences

(© Jerry N. Uelsmann)

Surreal Landscapes

(© Jerry N. Uelsmann)

Uelsmann has a particular taste for surreal landscapes, such as the 1969 image above. “When people see my work, if their first response is ‘how did he do it?’ that’s when I’ve failed,” he says. “I don’t mind that being the second response, but I want the first response to be some authentic emotional response, like ‘gee that’s weird.’ I’m not trying to communicate something hidden. I like images that sustain their mystery.”


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