I was fortunate enough to have a chance to visit Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor at their home near Gainesville, FL. Talk about an interesting combination; Jerry has been creating B&W photo collages in the darkroom for decades while Maggie is know for using her scanner as your primary input source to create high-end full-color collages.
Jerry has been a major source of inspiration for over twenty years. I a chance to see Jerry’s darkroom complete with seven enlargers. It was right then that I realized that I had left my camera back in the bus! I had originally planned to drive the coach up to Jerry & Maggie’s place, but decided to leave it in Oklawaha instead. If you’re not familiar with Jerry’s work, you owe it to yourself to check out as many examples of his work as you have time for. Be sure to check the dates of each one since you might assume that they were done in Photoshop, when in reality, you might be looking at an image that is twenty or thirty years old.
Maggie’s work involves collecting old photographs, dolls and interesting artifacts. Her studio is full of drawers that contain hundreds of interesting items. In fact their entire house is packed full of an eclectic collection of folk art which makes every inch of the house something that should be explored and experienced.
Posted from Jerry & Maggie’s guest house near Gainsville, FL
I have many of his prints around my house, I am constantly inspired by his images and it maintains my passion for imaging.
I used to love staring at his artwork on the walls of my high school photography classroom. Everything I’ve seen by Jerry Uelsmann is phenominal in so many ways. It would take a talented digital artist to be able to do that stuff on Photoshop, but Uelsmann uses only *darkroom* techniques. That’s what blows my mind.
I would love to own prints by both maggie and jerry. They are both an insperation to me.