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New Uelsmann book published

20 September, 2010

Advance copies of The Mind’s Eye: Fifty Years of Photography by Jerry Uelsmann have just arrived from the printer, and they look terrific. Books should be available with the publisher, ModernBook in San Francisco, in mid-October. For two years from 2006-7, Jerry invited me into his studio and allowed me unprecedented access to his work. Working together, we came up with a completely new selection of the artist’s work, dating back to the 1950s. The result is a true retrospective, beginning with ‘straight’ photographs taken at that time, continuing up to the current day. It includes many of Jerry’s greatest hits, together with wonderful things never previously seen.

The project was more stressful than it should have been, and it is a great relief to see the book come out. About half way through the project, the museum that commissioned the book ran into serious financial troubles and canceled the project. Thankfully they relinquished copyright and allowed us to proceed with the book. It’s a testament to Jerry, his lovely wife Maggie, and the folks at ModernBook that we were able to see it through. It wasn’t always comfortable working without a clear budget, and all of us made sacrifices to arrive at the final product. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at the book, which surely is one of the best books on Uelsmann ever done (and there have been a few). It includes a lengthy art historical essay by yours truly, an inspiring introduction by Allan Coleman, and reprints of texts written by Jerry in the 1970s. A national touring exhibition will launch next year.

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