Photographer Jerry N. Uelsmann

This paper discusses the impact of technology on the art of American photographer, Jerry N. Uelsmann.

This paper explains that Jerry N. Uelsmann, born in 1934, is one of the pioneers of using darkroom and digital computer techniques. The author points out that, when shooting, Uelsmann begins with an image, builds upon it through the shoot, and then builds upon it even more in the darkroom and on the computer, rather than let any predetermined vision set the course of his work. The paper concludes that, in its artistic development, digital technology likewise will build upon works such as Uelsmann.

Table of Contents
Art versus Science: a Theoretical Overview
Art and Science Today
Overview Jerry N. Uelsmann’s Photographic Vision
The Digital Revolution
The transmission of photography has thus been changed because of digital use in the ability of images to be juxtaposed and fused, creating even more and newer ways of envisioning reality. Digital photography’s use of cutting, melding, and blending, has enabled the creativity of new photographic minds and enabled the ease of transmitting the visions of artists into the photographic medium, beyond the page, beyond paint and physical clay. It has also emphasized the postmodern aesthetic of blending and the film-like jump cut of different visions. However, this aesthetic existed long before digital, the net, and even the post-structuralist movement, as is found in the photographic art of Jerry N. Uelsmann.