The Reality that Transcends Surface Reality


Photographer Jerry Uelsmann puts a twist on traditional black and white photography. Committed to using film, Uelsmann relies on the darkroom to create his masterpieces. Uelsmann photographs have noticeable contrast, striking mid-tones and greys and paints fantastical realities in the minds of viewers.

Born and raised in Detroit, Uelsmann was attracted to the art of photography from an early age. In his early high school years he began photographing weddings. After high school Uelsmann attended Rochester Institute of Technology in the late 1950s where he received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts. He then transferred to University of Indiana to further his education. He attributes his professor Henry Holmes Smith as being an inspiration as well as Minor White.

Uelsmann’s intent is for viewers to have some sort of emotion invoked or story created in their mind when they glance at his work but his audience often look at Uelsmann’s photographs and wonder how did he do it without a computer?

Instead of tinkering with digital photography, Uelsmann retreats to the darkroom to practice his mastery skills. Using photo manipulation to channel his creative concepts into his photos, he is constantly adding new elements to his photos as they come to life in the developer of his darkroom.

-Haley Myles

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Muriel Knudson

Muriel Knudson is an Emmy nominated videographer and photographer previously based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She now currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana with her best friend, and focal point of many photos, Lauren Sanderson.


She recently started a campaign titled #TakeMorePicsOfUrFriends, in which she encourages those in the photography industry, as well as those who just dabble with it, to get more candid shots of their friends living life.


Knudson features many of these photos on an Instagram she created for this “project”. She also has created merchandise, such as stickers, as a way to spread awareness. Because of this project, she is known now in the community for her portraits.

instagram screenshot.PNG Besides this, Muriel Knudson is just very big on candids. While she does still take staged photos, her forte is definitely more candid, original pictures. She likes to find the beauty in just living life, and that beauty shows so strongly in the photos she shares.crowd

She has been hired by a lot of public relation specialists for musicians and bands to take photos of concerts as promotion of the artists, which gains her access to a different, per-say “genre” of photography.

Personally I think that she will make it very big in the photography world. The way she takes her photos is so natural and beautiful, which makes them visually appealing to many types of viewers.

– Diana Powell

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Controversy in Black and White

      “I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them”-Diane Arbus

The contained environment of studios never interested photographer Diane Arbus. Her unusual, intimate, and controversial black and white photographs are far from the standard magazine cover. Born March 14, 1923, in New York City, Arbus lead a modest but pampered childhood as the daughter of the owner of the Russeks department store on Fifth Avenue. At age 14, she met her then 19-year-old future husband Allan Arbus who she married in 1941.

Arbus worked alongside with her husband as his photography assistant shooting fashion photographers. Their first project was for the May 1947 issue of Glamour but Arbus felt dissatisfied working in the shallowness of the fashion industry. Her true love and artistic abilities shined when photographing family and friends.

Throughout the 50’s, Arbus was drawn to the misfits of society. Photographing nontraditional subjects lead her to leave the team her and her husband Allan had built up. He continued to operate their fashion studio solo while Arbus continued to experiment with her concept of nontraditional subjects.

Photographing the unusual, her photos began to focus on circus images, “freaks” and sideshow subjects. Then she transitioned to photographing nudist and strangers. She had no boundaries.

On July 26, 1971, Arbus committed suicide in her apartment in New York City. She had struggled with bouts of depression her entire life. Her work has been featured at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in magazines, books, galleries and other places. She won countless awards such as the Robert Levitt Award from the American Society of Magazine Photographers. Daring to go where very few went in her time, Diane Arbus’s career can be summed up in one word-courage. Without photographers like her, people would never see the “other half” of society.

-Haley Myles

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Mike Miller

Mike Miller is the photographer for many celebrities, he has taken some of the most iconic portraits of music legends and even actors. Mike grew up in Santa Monica on the West Coast. Miller states that his entry to photography was a fluke, he was trying to date models and through taking pictures of them, he found he had a gift and passion for taking photos. Soon after, Mike was taking pictures for Cacharel and other major fashion outlets.


Above is one of Mike Millers famous works of hip hop legend “Tupac” Mike said that Tupac was one of the most genuine people he’d met and that he knew exactly what kind of photo he wanted Mike to take. He was even willing to go deep into the “projects” to get great photos of Tupac.

Mike has a good notoriety in the celebrity world, he has a whole portfolio full of celebrities and not just rappers.



He has also taken pictures of James Franco and many other actors including Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, and Cameron Diaz.

Mike also takes picture of new wave hip hop artists.


A portrait of Asap Rocky above is one of my favorites by him, with expensive jewelry to flex on his teeth and his fingers. He has also photographed and directed other rappers such as YG, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Jeezy.

Some of Miller’s has been added to the Getty Black Book which has been acquired by the Smithsonian and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Mike Miller has also written two books:

Michael Miller Photography, West Coast Hip Hop: A History in Pictures

and his newest book :

Love West Coast Girls

Check out Michael’s Instagram

Also go to his website and porfolio

Even check out some more in depth information about his LA Hip Hop photography



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Dante Sisofo

Dante Sisofo is a personal friend of mine and a street photographer out of Philadelphia PA. He first gained interest in photography a few years back when he took a class in a local community group where he made portraits for everyone in their own environments. He documented each person’s stories and had their pictures put up on a wall where he then presented his first show ever.


Dante refers to the people he takes pictures of as his subjects and he is a very large fan of an individuals environment. He takes pictures in ways that he interprets everything. He believes the best pictures come from everyday life in urban landscapes, specifically Philadelphia and Baltimore, where he mostly resides.


Above is one of Dante’s most favorite photos he’s ever taken, Taken in Philadelphia, from the woman in the window to the man with and umbrella and the rainbow in the sky. This picture shows how minimal we can be in our photography but still have a lot going on.

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Dante took this after a fire broke out in Baltimore one afternoon and he caught the perfect vision of these children on their bikes staring into the smoke, he referred to them as posing like superheros about to take a plunge into the fire and save some people.


Pictured above is another great photo, taken at a youth center in Philadelphia, Dante has his caught his subjects in a “windmill” position with the arms on the young man in the back colliding with the young man in the front. This picture won the Miami Street Photography 2016 Photo Slam.

Dante aspires to be a photo journalist. Photography is Dante’s life, and he feels as if his life would have no meaning and he would not be able to function without photography to fall back on to.


Dante is currently in Jerusalem right now taking photos and enjoying the company of many refugees. Pictured above is two young boys named Muhammad and Ramzi,  the photo was taken in Aqabat Jaber, a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank.

You can follow Dante on Instagram

You can also check out Dante’s website

Dante also does POV street photography on his Youtube Channel

He is even featured in an Artist Spotlight



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Stop motion

A Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, and Chicken Run are just a few examples of stop motion films, movies that usually utilize miniature sets and figures to create an animated film.


This is done by manipulating a figure or object so it appears to move on it’s own. The process is quite time consuming, as it takes a multitude of shots for a single scene. In the case of A Nightmare Before Christmas a single scene would take a week to shoot, and over the course of the entire film, 109,440 frames were used.


Some films also used stop motion simply as a special effect as opposed to the style of filming. An early example of this is the 1902 short Fun in a Bakery Shop. In the short, a baker uses dough (or at least what appears to be dough) to make a small variety of faces.



If you’d like to learn more about this topic, click on the links below.



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Edward S. Curtis


Edward Sheriff Curtis was born on February 16 in 1868. He was an American photographer as well as ethnologist, who focused his work primarily on Native American people.

Curtis took interest in photography early in his life. By the age of 17 he was an apprentice photographer and by 19 he had purchased his own camera as well as half the share of a photographic studio.

His first photograph of a Native American was a photo of Princess Angeline, or Kickisomlo, the daughter of Chief Sealth of Seattle. The photo was a hit, along with 2 of his other photos- they were chosen to be in an exhibit sponsored by the National Photographic Society.


Over the course of the next 5 years, Curtis took over 1500 photographs of American Indians. He was able to hire several employees under him during his voyage to help record the languages, help with the logistics and field work, and an anthropologist who had studied Native people.

Curtis’s goal was to preserve the Native American way of life through photography.In 1912, he produced a film titled “In the Land of  the Head Hunters”. The first ever film to depict a cast entirely of Native Peoples.

To me his work is both inspiring and important- it depicts Native people of the time in a way that was preserving of their way of life and educational. In a nation where it was illegal to be who they were, Edward S. Curtis’s photo’s display the humanity of First Nations people, and showcased the beauty and intricacy of their regalia, hair, and jewelry.


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