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Reclaiming the Photographic Narrative of African-Americans
A new issue of Aperture magazine explores images of African-Americans that not only challenge long-held narratives about race, but also redefine them.
By James Estrin

MoMA collection artists Lyle Ashton Harris, Lorna Simpson, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and others are featured in “Vision and Justice,” a special issue of Aperture magazine guest edited by Sarah Lewis addressing the role of photography in the African American experience. Read more about it via The New York Times’s Lens blog. 

Jerry N. Uelsmann (American 1930-)

Although a contemporary photographer, Jerry N. Uelsmann’s artistry and talent lie in his traditionalism. A leader in photomontage, the process of joining two images together to make a new photograph, Uselmann introduces his work in black and white with a metaphysical interpretation.

Up until the mid twentieth century, the main purpose of photography was to record history prompting Uelsmann’s work to be initially negatively critiqued. Eventually Uelsmann’s marriage between the organic and artificial became widely love and recognized for its uniqueness. His work is created by fabricating composite photographs with various negatives and extensive darkroom work. Featuring familiar places with untorhodox elements, such as eyes on walls, windows on trees or shrubbery on the artificial, Uelsmann’s technique has remained untouched by technology and digital art.


From Marsden Hartley to Cindy Sherman, there’s something for everyone in Art Everywhere USCast your vote now and tell us which iconic American artworks you want to see on billboards, trains, and buses across the country—including twenty from the Whitney’s permanent collection.