Thursday, April 16, 2009

nu-real : fantastic photomontage and its possible influences, 1857 - 2007

Photoshop was released in 1990, but photomontage — the art of joining separate images to create startling and/or impossible composites — dates back to the early 1850s. This gorgeously illustrated timeline lets you trace the form’s development all the way back to its starting point. It seeks to be a preliminary critical survey that traces a possible alternate history of photomontage and fantastic photography, and the possible influences upon it. It is not about the classic propagandist photomontage that juxtaposed elements in the manner of modernist graphic design. It only briefly touches on the surrealist photographers of the same period.

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