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Jerry Uelsmann was the first student to receive an MFA in photography from Indiana University (1960), where he studied with the legendary Henry Holmes Smith. His one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1967 helped to change the public’s perception of photography, by showing that it could be more than merely a tool for documenting reality. As he said, “It is my conviction that the darkroom is capable of being, in the truest sense, a visual research lab; a place for discovery, observation, and meditation.” His process of “post-visualization” allowed him to navigate the world of the imagination to create a new form of deeply personal artistic expression that would be an inspiration to many artists in the post-digital age. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes 185 works by Uelsmann.

Jerry Uelsmann
American, born 1934
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1971
Gelatin silver print
Image/sheet: 11 1/8 x 10 3/16 in. (28.2 x 25.8 cm); mount: 19 ¾ x 15 ¾ in. (50.2 x 40.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 81.35.24

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