Surrealist Photography


History of Surrealism and Surrealist Photography

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What is surrealist photography?
Strange shapes, floating body parts and bizarre landscapes: the Surrealists sought to challenge notions of normality through the power of photography.
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An art form that combines elements of imagination & reality to create a dream-like image. Themes of surrealism often explore the unconscious mind & the world of dreams. Surrealism forces the viewer to think outside the box & explore the unknown. Think of dreams/bizzare world of a dream
Surrealism Photography
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Surrealism: an artistic movement and style that began in the early 1920s that emphasised expressing the subconscious mind through dream-like imagery and fantastical juxtapositions. Automatic Writing: a technique used by surrealist artists to explore the subconscious. It is done by writing without conscious thought in order to access the creative energies of the subconscious mind. Photomontage: a technique used by surrealist photographers to create images by combining multiple photographs into one composition.
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Surrealist photographers often use darkroom techniques such as double exposures, photomontages, and solarization to create eerie and dream-like images. The first surrealist photography exhibition was held in Paris in 1931, featuring works by Man Ray, Andre Kertesz, and Brassai. Photographer Lee Miller was the muse of surrealist artist Man Ray, and created many surrealist photographs of her own.
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Double Exposure: a technique that layers two different exposures on a single image, combining two photographs into one
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Photomontage: cutting, gluing, rearranging and overlapping two or more photographs into a new image
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Solarization: renders part of a photographic image negative and part positive by exposing a print or negative to a flash of light during development.
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Which of the following Surrealism Photography techniques do you find most interesting?
  • Multiple exposures
  • Distorted reality
  • Double exposures
  • Abstract photography
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Man Ray
Andre Kertesz
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Lee Miller
Photographer, artist, muse and model. Miller soon found success on her own, and her Surrealist eye informed everything she did, from fashion photography, to private artistic projects, to the photojournalism for Vogue that distinguished her war years.
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How does surrealism photography make you feel?
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What images come to mind when you think of surrealism photography?
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How does Surrealism photography challenge traditional notions of reality and perception?
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In what ways can surrealism photography be used to convey a message?

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