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Jeff Wall and the influence of Surrealism

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Brooke Gonzalez

on 5 December 2013

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Jeff Wall and the influence of Surrealism
Who is Jeff Wall?
Contemporary photographer, historical writer, art critic, professor
Born in Vancouver, Canada on September 29, 1946 and attended the University of British Columbia
Has been a key figure in Vancouver's art scene since the early 1970s
What kind of photographer is Jeff Wall?
A contemporary photographer, specifically a conceptual photographer.
Conceptual photographers strive to bring a message to the viewer
Might be a political statement, a social commentary, or the portrayal of a psychological idea about people, relationships, and emotions
Persuades people to think a certain way about an issue
That's nice, but what does that have to do with Surrealism?
Surrealism and Conceptual Photography differ, but they have important connections
Surrealism has played a major role in Conceptual Photography
Evident in the work of Jeff Wall
Similarities between context and the way the images are photographed
What photographs of Jeff Wall's show influences of Surrealism?
A Sudden Gust of Wind,
1993
What else?
Picture For Women,
1979
The Dali Atomicus
, Phillipe Halsman, 1948
Milk
, 1984
Lovers in a Small Café
, Brassai, 1932
Portrait of Marquise Cassati
, Man Ray,1922
Double-Self Portrait
, 1979
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