Jerry Uelsmann

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  1. Mainecoonmaniac

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    My girl friend were gallery hopping at 49 Geary in San Francisco and found a great photo gallery. Here's the link:

    http://www.modernbook.com/static.html

    They publish books and I saw a Jerry Uelsmann book that they published. I've been an admirer of Uelsmann work for decades. Ignorant of Mr. Uelsmann's current technique, I thought he switched over to Photoshop. One of the knowledgeable gallery employees told me that Jerry Uelsmann still uses his old darkroom techniques. I found that inspiring.:D
     
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    His wife is the Digital one. They were both in Atlanta last month for Altanta Celebrates Photography
     
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    I often wondered if Jerry felt left behind since the start of the digital age. His work which is so inspiring and skillful can be produced by a novice using PS (maybe not to the same level).
     
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    It's a Ying/Yang relationship

    I saw Maggie Taylor's book at Modern Book Gallery also. She's very talented.
     
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    Modern Book is a *great* gallery, you can walk in and meet the owners on any given day, and they share a generous amount of love and knowledge about the craft. I was fortunate to be in a juried class where they gave advice and encouragement to each of us on how galleries work, how to present your work, etc. In the end, we were allowed to show in their space. Very good people, all of them.

    btw, seeing an Uelsmann in person is pretty staggering...

    -Tim
     
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    I think you need a very good "eye" to be able to make something close to Uelsmanns work, even in PS. It's a bit more than just cut and paste, but I agree with you TEX that it is technically easier. Although I find some of his work not to my own liking, others are just breathtaking. Thanks for reminding me.
     
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    A couple of years ago, he told me he's using Photoshop and digital methods. He may have been referring to his platinum prints, printing of which he farms out to a place in Texas - Houston, I believe, but I could be wrong.
    juan
     
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    Jerry just gave a talk at the MOPA in San Diego a few weeks ago. He is still very much a darkroom worker. I'm assuming that his use of digital tools is limited to reproducing his work in a larger scale. The show of his that's up on the walls now, is all Silver Gelatin with the exception of one print (and his wife's work).
     
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    A novice cannot do in Photoshop what Uelsmann does. I've used Photoshop for years for both commercial work and creative work and it is NOT easy. It took years to learn it and get skilled enough to be able to combine images so they look natural. Not something I do for my fine art work, but I have to for commercial and graphic design stuff I do fairly often.