Jerry n. Uelsmann






Jerry N. Uelsmann (Millerton, N.Y.: Aperture, 1970)

Eight  Photographs: Jerry Uelsmann  (Doubleday & Company, New York, NY, 1970)

Jerry Uelsmann, Silver Meditations (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Morgan & Morgan, 1975)

Jerry N. Uelsmann: Photography from 1975-79 (Chicago: Columbia College, 1980)

Jerry N. Uelsmann - Twenty-five Years: A Retrospective (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1982

Uelsmann: Process and Perception (Gainesville: University Press of Florida,1985)

Jerry Uelsmann: Photo Synthesis (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1992)

Uelsmann/Yosemite (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1996)

Museum Studies (Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press, 1999)

Approaching the Shadow (Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press, 2000)

Referencing Art (Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press, 2003)







The American Center for Culture, Prague, Czech Republic

Amerika Haus, Vienna, Austria

Center for Photography as an Art Form, Bombay, India

A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LA

American Cultural Center, Paris, France

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ

Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA

Cheekwood Fine art Center, Nashville, TN

Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

John Cleary Gallery, Houston, TX

Cultural Center of the USA, Istanbul, Turkey

Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA

George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Halstead Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Jacques Baruch Gallery, Chicago, IL

Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan

Photographer’s Gallery, South Yarra, Australia

Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Shapiro Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, Telluride, CO

Weston Gallery, Carmel, CA

Witkin Gallery, New York, NY

Worchester Art Museum, Worchester, MA





Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya, Japan

Baltimore Museum of Art

Biblioteque National, Paris, France

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ

Cheekwood Fine Art Center, Nashville, TN

Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL

Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Denver Art Museim, Denver, CO

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Gallery of Modern Art of the National Galleries of Scotland

George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN

J. Paul Getty Museum,  Los Angeles, CA

Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Yamanashi, Japan

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Minneapolis Art Institute, Minneapolis, MN

Modern Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Mönchehaus Museum für Moderne Kunst, Goslar, Germany

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada

Musée Reattu, Arles, France

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne, Australia

National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa, Ontario, Canada

National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans LA

New York University, New York, NY

Nicephore Niepce Museum, Chalon, France

Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Polaroid Collection, Cambridge, MA

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

Royal Photographic Society, London, England

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

UCLA Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

University of Louisville Photographic Archives, Louisville, KY

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

The Whitney Museum, New York, NY




National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1972

University of Florida Faculty Development Grant, 1971

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1967

Fellow, Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain


The visually plausible but philosophically impossible situations presented in Jerry Uelsmann’s photographs contradict the essential information we have come to expect from photographs. By subverting the currency of literal fact, Uelsmann releases us from the constraints of photography’s mimetic function. No longer burdened by representation, we naturally return to our internal, nonlinear faculties of thought and feeling to savor the inexpressible resonance of his enigmatic visions. Vague, despite their sharpness and fine detail, and ambiguous despite our recognition of their constituent elements, his photographic montages are like dreams that slip past our perceptual defenses triggering a response but never quite revealing their meaning.


Jerry N. Uelsmann Bio



Born in Detroit on June 11,1934, Jerry Uelsmann received his B.F.A. degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1957 and his M.S. and M.F.A. at Indiana University in 1960. He began teaching photography at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1960 ("my first job offer"). He became a graduate research professor of art at the university in 1974, and is now retired from teaching. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.



Uelsmann received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, a founding member of The Society of Photographic Education and a former trustee of the Friends of Photography.  Uelsmann's work has been exhibited in more than 100 individual shows in the United States and abroad over the past thirty years. His photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Chicago Art Institute, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliotheque National in Paris, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto.