Earlier this week I was thumbing through Rangefinder Magazine and came across an article about Jerry Uelsmann, who is a fascinating photographer who does photo montages using traditional darkroom techniques. That is to say, no Photoshop. If you’ve spent hours hunched over a tray in a darkroom perfecting a single print, you know what a craft it is to make a single good print from an individual negative, much less to combine several in a seamless and surreal way. Jerry’s work is amazing and his site is well worth a visit.
Towards the end of the article, the author mentions that Jerry’s wife, Maggie Taylor, is also an artist and photographer. Though the article doesn’t mention it, she also does photo montages, but in a dramatically opposite way. She scans found objects, antique photographs and other interesting oddities and uses Photoshop to create her work.
Andy and I spent over an hour squished in front of one tiny laptop screen in awe of Maggie’s work. Her site is a delight – if you appreciate good web design, prepare to indulge in something fun. It’s been a long time since a web design has, well, charmed me. I had to check every page, just to see what neat effect I’d find next. I felt bad closing the page! The true testament though is that I went back the next day. And the day after that. I can’t get enough of this site or Maggie’s work.
Unfortunately, it seems like it’s not easy to find reproductions of her work, and her art books are limited. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a large print of “Garden”, shown above on the right. The colors in it are gorgeous. The image above is a screenshot of Maggie’s site – I recommend you spend some time checking it out!
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