Surreal Photography
Asian Photography|August 2021
Surrealism is an avant-garde movement that started around the 1920s that explores the creative part of the mind by going beyond realism in art field. In the past, it had been seen in paintings then jumped to photography. Surrealism was officially established as a movement with the publication of poet André Breton’s first Manifesto of Surrealism in 1924.
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Surrealism movement started with the thought that logical thinking was blocking the way of imagination. Before this, documentary and journalistic photography was more widespread where what you see is what you get. Surrealism formed an outsized number of thoughts where any shapes and any forms took imagination and abandoned dreams and mixed them with reality to supply beautiful artwork. Surrealism also played a serious role during the primary war when various publications used surreal images to capture an individual’s attention.

Let’s put some light on this in order that it’s easier for amateurs to know the topic. For instance, a photographer has a camera and needs to use it to present his or her thoughts. Now we all know that a camera captures reality. What if the person wishes to capture his or her imaginations or dreams through the camera which isn’t possible for reality? Reality, logic and reason come in the way of expressing our own thoughts and on another hand an individual never ends up brooding about it. Such stuff binds us to our world and infrequently lets us expand our imagination. Surrealism photography is thanks to overcome that.

Photographers like Man Ray, who used double exposures, expressions, body art and even photo manipulations of other forms was a pioneer in this art. Photographers like Andre Kertesz, who are known to even influence greats like Cartier Bresson used shapes and forms in lifestyle to speak things that were beyond realism. While he wasn’t directly using surrealism in most of his photographs, the influence of this school of thought seems evident in his work. Otto Umbehr was another photographer who had directly been influenced by surrealism. His deep understanding of photo manipulation and dark room techniques played a serious role in his vast body of work. Famous painters like Henri Rousseau, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, and Tanguy have taken surrealism to new heights over the years and photography seems to be the clear future to propagate this art.

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