Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor


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He experiments in a darkroom. She composes on a computer screen. Together, husband-and-wife artists Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor create haunting, layered dreamscapes that push the boundaries of photography’s possibilities. This documentary from explores both the technical and emotional aspects of Jerry’s and Maggie’s work, from the composition to the criticism, with insight from other preeminent voices in photography. Step inside the artists’ quiet Florida compound for a peek at their complementary work, contrasting processes, and inspiration-seeking expeditions through an alligator-dwelling swamp. In the darkroom and on the desktop, two artists are inspired to push the boundaries of photography.

Arnold Newman

Arnold Newman (1918-2006)

He is acknowledged as one of the great masters of the 20th and 21st century and his work has changed portraiture. He is recognized as the “Father of Environmental Portraiture.” His work is collected and exhibited in the major museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Chicago Art Institute; The Los Angeles Museum of Art; The Philadelphia Museum; The Tate and the National Portrait gallery, London; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and many other prominent museums in Europe, Japan, South America, Australia, etc.


Newman was an important contributor to publications such as New York, Vanity Fair, LIFE, Look, Holiday, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Town and Country, Scientific American, New York Times Magazine, and many others. There are numerous books published of Newman’s work in addition to countless histories of photography, catalogues, articles and television programs. He received many major awards by the leading professional organizations in the U.S. and abroad including the American Society of Media Photographers, The International Center of Photography, The Lucie Award, The Royal Photographic Society Centenary Award as well as France’s “Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.” In 2005, Photo District News named Newman as one of the 25 most influential living photographers. In 2006, Newman was awarded The Gold Medal for Photography by The National Arts Club. He is the recipient of nine honorary doctorates and has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the country and the world. Arnold Newman died on June 6, 2006 in New York City. He was 88 years old.

Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna

Tim Baskerville
Your work, more than any photographer I can think of, seems to bridge the gap between night photography and “daylight” (for want of a better term) photography. You move freely between situations, time and light constraints, yet you still seem to incorporate the nocturne and its sense of mystery into much of your work. Because of this, you’ve not been pigeonholed as a Night Photographer, your audience has grown and I believe you have advanced night photography, it’s aesthetic qualities and concerns by a wide margin. Are you still a night photographer at heart?

Michael Kenna
[Laughs] Night and day are one and the same, they are parts of the whole. I can happily photograph during the day or night or dawn or dusk. I like to photograph at any time and there are qualities about every time of the day and night which should be appreciated, so I try to move in and out at will. There was a period when I was starting out, when I could have been called a Dawn photographer. Then I became a Day photographer, next I became a Night photographer, and now I suppose I am an Anytime, All time, Every time photographer [laughs.] I found that working at night I learned much that I could then bring into the day. Working again during the day I discovered elements that I could then take back into the night. Confining myself to one particular area or one particular time period is, I think, self limiting. In general, I look for “timeless” imagery, which could be taken at night, during the day, at dusk, or dawn.

Joe McNally

Photographer Joe McNally

Joe McNally has been photographing for the National Geographic Society since 1987. Some of his most recent National Geographic magazine assignments are “The Future of Flying,” “Power of Light,” and “What It Takes to Build the Unbeatable Body: Pushing the Limit.”

In addition to his work for National Geographic, McNally shoots for other magazines, advertising agencies, and graphic design firms. His clients include Sports Illustrated, ESPN magazine, Life, Time, Fortune, New York magazine, Geo, the New York Stock Exchange, Target stores, Sony, GE, Nikon, Lehman Brothers, and PNC Bank. He has also worked on numerous Day in the Life photographic book projects.

McNally has received the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for magazine photography and has been honored by Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, and the Art Directors Club. He has also been recognized by the magazines Photo District News, American Photo, Applied Arts magazine, Communication Arts, and Graphis.