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Surrealist Photography

by: Hailey Rouleau

Hailey Rouleau

on 27 September 2012

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Transcript of Surrealist Photography

Hailey Rouleau, Taylor Morris, Kelly Peck, Sarah Kelly SURREALIST PHOTOGRAPHY Beginning of Surrealist Photography Born in Paris in mid-1920s Theory of a person's unconscious desires Pointed their cameras haphazardly Used "Solarization" & "Brulage" or "Burning" Persisted well beyond the historical high point Andre Breton (1924) Artists of Surrealist Photography Man Ray (1922) Brassai (1899-1984) Raoul Ubac (1910-1985) Claude Cahun (1894-1954) Andre Kertesz (1894-1985) Experimental Photography and Advertising Experimental photographers applied their techniques to commerce In the US, advertising work was seen as a betrayal of artistic talent In Europe, advertising carried less of a stigma Some Soviet artists saw it as a way to change the public's outlook Advertising photographs presented goods as more than they were The product became a commodity favored because it pledged to gratify human desires Techniques were photo montage, close-ups, and severe angles Margaret Watkins (1884-1969) Artists of
Experimental Photography & Advertising Paul Outerbridge (1896-1958) August Sander (1876-1964) Maurice Tabard (1897-1984) Hans Finsler (1891-1974) Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897-1966) "Film & Foto" (Fifo) exhibition held in Stuttgart, Germany Experimental Photography Photographs dwelled on urban-industrial environment Viewers saw how far photography changed Continuous repetition of the style in newspapers & ads dulled its newness Soviet government shifted its support away from photographic experimentation The Nazis recognized the power of photography Commercial advertising brought experimental techniques to mainstream Earlier forms of product promotion used extensive text, now turned to photography Visual techniques were adapted for commercial purposes 1920s & 1930s, photographers and filmmakers embraced many of the same radical social theories Film & Photography Film posters were equally experimental Both scorned the laws of gravity, propelled the viewer on a visual roller-coaster ride After World War I, artists and photographers were attracted to film as a medium Experimental film & photography gave way to documentaries, thought to appeal to wider audiences The Resettlement Agency sponsored both photography & film
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