Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings.

Surrealist works feature the element of surprise and unexpected juxtapositions, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artefact

Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s onward, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy, and social theory.

Examples of Surrealsit Photography

Jerry Uelsmann

Jerry N. Uelsmann (born June 11, 1934) is an American photographer, and was the forerunner of photomontage in the 20th century in America.

Uelsmann’s photographs are not meant to depict a familiar place, but rather allow the viewer to transcend the frames and take them on a journey through the unfathomable. Through the picturesque representations of his subject matter, this becomes possible. Like the Pictorialist movement in the twentieth century, Uelsmann’s work played on big ideas, and because those ideas are so vague, the artist did not allow room for literal interpretation of his work, but rather left the interpretation to the subjective.

Martin Stranka

Martin Stranka
A self-taught professional photographer, born on April 13, 1984 in Czech
Republic. Martin’s distinctive vision of photography etched as a unique space
located in a balance and serenity, while his sophisticated and rewarding images
exists in that narrow space of a few seconds between dreaming and awakening.
During the last two years Martin has gathered over 30 remarkable international
photography awards, from different competitions including: Professional
Photographer of the Year, Emerging Talent Award in Nikon International Photo
Contest, International Photo Awards, Sony World Photography Awards or Digital
Photographer of the Year two times in a row.

Some of my own surrealism work

Research References


Surrealism as a subject for phtography, is some thing I was already farmiliar with as it was the subject I based one of my final A- level photography projects around. For this assignment I went over various research I had already done, although it would have been handy to of had my A-level sectch book to hand. As I had previously done extensive research into the subject. Unfortunately for me I didn’t so I looked into a couple of artists I remebered being interested in and posted some of my own surrealism photography work.


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