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Jerry Uelsmann was born in Detroit Michigan on June 11 1934 He began his studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree He continued on to Indiana University in 1960 and received his Masters degree Uelsmanns first job was at the University of Florida in Gainesville teaching photography and in 1974 he became the graduate research professor of art at UF He continues to work at the University while perfecting his metamorphosis ideas in photographyJerry Uelsmanns photography has been an ongoing controversy between reality and superficial Critics say that he has altered the language the substance and the direction of art Critics also believe that a photograph is to have meaning and to look at Uelsmanns photographs they seem to have no meaning or several meanings all combined into one Uelsmann tends to let his own imagination and love for the art show through his photographs Consequently Uelsmann has won many awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972 Furthermore he is part of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain one of the founding members of the American Society for Photographic Education and a board member of the Friends of Photography Although Uelsmann has been highly criticized his work of art seems to capture the imagination and inspiration of many devoted followersIn addition to his numerous awards and achievements Uelsmanns work has been exhibited in more than 100 individual shows across the globe He has managed to have his photographs appear as a permanent collection in various museums worldwide He has an abundant amount of books displaying his work of art His books increasingly capture his audience into their own realm of a superficial cradle of humanity Jerry Uelsmann has managed to brake and surpass the barriers of traditional photography Jerry Uelsmann is developing a new style of photography all together His photographs and talent never cease
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