Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor
Maggie Taylor was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was the Crown Bearer for the 1967 May Queen at Hathaway Brown School. Later, she graduated from Yale University with a BA in philosophy. She received an MFA in photography from the University of Florida. For approximately ten years she worked with a camera and film creating still-life imgs in her studio and garden. In 1996 and 2001 she received State of Florida Individual Artist's Fellowships. In 1996 Taylor began working digitally, using a scanner in place of a camera. By placing objects directly on the glass top of the scanner she is able to create a unique type of digital image which has some photographic qualities.
Taylor's work is in the collections of The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; The Harn Museum, Gainesville, FL; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; The Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL; Musee de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium; Museet For Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; NationsBank, Charlotte, NC; and the Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, NJ, among others.
The visually plausible but philosophically impossible situations presented in Jerry Uelsmann's photographs contradict the essential information we have come to expect from photographs. By subverting the currency of literal fact, Uelsmann releases us from constraints of photography's mimetic function. No longer burdened by representation, we naturally return to our internal, nonlinear faculties of thought and feeling to savor the inexpressible resonance of his enigmatic visions. Vague, despite their sharpness and fine detail and ambiguous despite our recognition of their constituent elements, his photographic montages are like dreams that slip past our perceptual defenses triggering a response but never quite revealing their meaning.