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Jerry Uelsmann


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.


Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya, Japan

Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Baltimore Museum of Art

Bibliothèque Nationale, 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 Museum, Denver, CO

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Gallery of Modern Art of the National Galleries of Scotland

George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI

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

Moderna 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 of Photography, Seoul, Korea

Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne, Australia

National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa, Toronto, 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

Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Polaroid Collection, Cambridge, MA

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

Royal Photographic Society, London, England

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

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

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT


National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1972

University of Florida Faculty Development Grant, 1971

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1967

Fellow, Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain


Dances with Negatives (Carmel, CA: The Center for Photographic Art, 2011)

Synchronistic Moments (Brescia, Italy: Paci Arte, 2011)

Moth and Bonelight (South Dennis, MA: 21st Editions, 2011)

The Mind's Eye (San Francisco, CA: Modernbook Editions, 2010)

Whispers of Blended Shadows: The Art of Jerry Uelsmann (Taipei, Taiwan: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2008)

Prima Facie: The Photography of Jerry Uelsmann (Beijing, China: See+ Gallery, 2008)

Meditation Navigation: Jerry Uelsmann 1961–2006 (Venice, Italy: Marsilio, 2007)

Maggie and Jerry: The Works of Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor(Seoul, Korea: Museum of Photography, 2007)

Imaginary Space: Jerry Uelsmann Retrospective (Beijing: China Photographic Publishing House, 2007)

Just Suppose: Photographs by Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor(Gainesville, FL: University Galleries at the University of Florida, 2007)

Outside In: The Transformative Vision of Jerry Uelsmann. Dir. Daniel Reeves. DVD. (Winter Park, FL: Shakti Multimedia, 2006)

Other Realities (New York, NY: Bullfinch Press, 2005)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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