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JERRY UELSMANN
[b. 1934] American photographer and educator
The contemporary artist...is not bound to a fully conceived, previsioned end. His mind is kept alert to in-process discovery and a working rapport is established between the artist and his creation. While it may be true, as Nathan Lyons stated, 'The eye and the camera see more than the mind knows,' is it not also conceivable that the mind knows more than the eye and the camera can see? - Jerry Uelsmann

Ultimately, my hope is to amaze myself. The anticipation of discovering new possibilities becomes my greatest joy. - Jerry Uelsmann

I have gradually confused photography and life and as a result of this I believe I am able to work out of myself at an almost precognitive level. - Jerry Uelsmann

The camera is afluid way of encountering that other reality. - Jerry Uelsmann

One of the major changes in attitude that occurred in the world of art as we moved from the nineteenth into the twentieth century was that the twentieth century artist became more involved with personal expression than with celebrating exclusively the values of the society or the church. Along with this change came a broader acceptance of the belief that the artist can invent a reality that is more meaningful than the one that is literally given to the eye. I subscribe enthusiastically to this b - Jerry Uelsmann

Wynn Bullock is a uniquely gifted man whose personal photographic search has produced images that expand not only the possibilities of photography, but of life itself. - Jerry Uelsmann - Modern Photography, May 1970 , Wynn Bullock photography: a way of life. by Wynn Bullock , ISBN: 0871000342
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Did you hear about the old professor who dreamed that he was giving a lecture and woke up to find that he was? - Jerry Uelsmann - USA September 2002

I have gradually confused photography with life. - Jerry Uelsmann

My creative process begins when I get out with the camera and interact with the world. A camera is truly a license to explore. There are no uninteresting things. There are just uninterested people. - Jerry Uelsmann

Well, I do think, particularly the way I work, the better images occur when you’re moving to the fringes of your own understanding. That's where self-doubt and risk taking are likely to occur. It’s when you trust what’s happening at a non-intellectual non-conscious level that you can produce work that later resonates, often in a way that you can’t articulate a response to." - Jerry Uelsmann

And young people who are learning digital skills discover that the real challenge is coming up with an image that resonates, first of all, with your self and hopefully, with an audience. They can learn all these new techniques and think that they’re easier to use, but creating great images isn’t about the tools. - Jerry Uelsmann

Of course, in order to make art, the frustration of not working has to be greater than the frustration of working. - Jerry Uelsmann

Editions made sense when people worked with engravings where the plate wore down as prints were made. An early number of the edition had slightly better quality. But that’s not the case with photography. To me, it’s a false way of creating value. - Jerry Uelsmann

It’s equally hard and labor intensive to create an image on the computer as it is in a darkroom. Believe me. - Jerry Uelsmann

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