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296.01   Landscapes: Fantasy
296.02   Jerry Uelsmann: Trees
296.03   Maggie Taylor: Landscape of dreams and other visions
296.04   Fran Forman: Photomontage
296.05   Paul Biddle: The Archipelago of Fantasy Islands
This theme includes example sections and will be revised and added to as we proceed. Suggestions for additions, improvements and the correction of factual errors are always appreciated. 
  
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296.01   Landscape >  Landscapes: Fantasy 
  
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Visual imagery that provides an internally coherent world that includes combination of elements outside the normal world and not responding to known physical laws are part of the world of fantasy. In this realm roads can drop away at ninety degrees or be dragged by a man through the countryside like a piece of cloth as in the digital works of Erik Johansson. Trees can float above lakes defying gravity in the darkroom masterpieces of Jerry N. Uelsmann[1] and huge rocks be suspended in space as in the Triple Goddess of John Paul Caponigro.  
  
Erik Johansson 
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Dominic Rouse 
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Maggie Taylor 
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Robert ParkeHarrison 
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John Paul Caponigro 
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Jerry N. Uelsmann 
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296.02   Landscape >  Jerry Uelsmann: Trees 
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The photomontages of Jerry Uelsmann[2] are reminiscent of the haunted images of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985) but here they are enhanced by the seamless blending of components into worlds that can not exist. Trees float above lakes, a boat rests on the floor of room with a ceiling of clouds. These are fantasy worlds that are frequently a homage to Surrealist artists such as Max Ernst or Man Ray - but done with a respect for the original works and with imaginative twists and a mastery of tonal craftsmanship. 
  
   Jerry  Uelsmann 
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296.03   Landscape >  Maggie Taylor: Landscape of dreams and other visions 
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Maggie Taylor was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1961, and graduated from Yale University in 1983 with a BA degree in philosophy. In 1987 she received an MFA in photography from the University of Florida. After ten years of creating vibrant color still-life images with a view camera, Taylor began to work with the computer in 1996. By placing objects directly on the glass top of the scanner she is able to create a unique type of digital image that has some photographic qualities. Many of the images feature portions of her drawings, as well as found objects and bits of old tintype photographs.[3] 
  
   Maggie  Taylor 
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296.04   Landscape >  Fran Forman: Photomontage 
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296.05   Landscape >  Paul Biddle: The Archipelago of Fantasy Islands 
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Artist Statement for Paul Biddle:
The idea of a Fantasy Island, let alone a whole Archipelago, being discovered by a
miniaturized man sailing the High Seas in the giant seed of a Coco de Mer
is a contradiction in what we used to call words if not terms
 
The Delicious twins of Naples stated as much when they took their preprandial walk
along

 
the Causeway of Indiscretion
 
"Pollination by wind and rain" cried FOOt and Mouth Island the most talkative island
of all the archipelago
 
Lodoicea callipyge meaning 'beautiful buttocks' whispered the camel atop
Desert Island
 
as "his salacious grin faltered" the marginal creatures come out to play
 
Quite simply Nose Island wanted to be discovered
Paul Biddle in his July 2011 blog provided the supporting evidence, or lack thereof, for these Fantasy Islands...
Many people have asked the same question: Do Paul Biddles' Fantasy Islands actually exist? The simple answer is No, but here are some comments we have received in the past.
 
Christopher Colombus: I could never make up my mind if it was Nor Nor East or just plain Nor Nor Nor. 21st June, 1498.
 
Ferdinand Magellan : Whilst completing my first Circumnavigation of the World I happened upon a Strait called Biddle but it led to Nowhere. 1520
 
Francis Drake : I had always heard the best and most capacious ruffs were made in the Strait of Biddle but I never quite found them. 1590
 
Marco Polo : When I was exploring Asia, a dear friend of mine called Kublai Khan mentioned the existence of such an Archipelago but he found it very difficult to pronounce the word Biddle. 1290
 
  
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Footnotes 
  
  1. Λ For Jerry Uelsmann - J.L. Enyeart, 1982, Jerry N. Uelsmann, Twenty-Five Years: A Retrospective, (Boston: Little, Brown); Jerry N. Uelsmann, 1970, Jerry N. Uelsmann, (New York: Aperture) [Essay by Peter Bunnell]; Jerry N. Uelsmann, 1977, Silver Meditations, (Dobbs Ferry, NY: Morgan and Morgan); Jerry N. Uelsmann, 1992, Photo-Synthesis: Photographs by Jerry Uelsmann, (Gainesville: University of Florida Press); Jerry N. Uelsmann, 2000, Approaching the Shadow, (Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press); Jerry N. Uelsmann, 2005, Other Realities, (New York: Bulfinch Press) 
      
  2. Λ For Jerry Uelsmann - J.L. Enyeart, 1982, Jerry N. Uelsmann, Twenty-Five Years: A Retrospective, (Boston: Little, Brown); Jerry N. Uelsmann, 1970, Jerry N. Uelsmann, (New York: Aperture) [Essay by Peter Bunnell]; Jerry N. Uelsmann, 1977, Silver Meditations, (Dobbs Ferry, NY: Morgan and Morgan); Jerry N. Uelsmann, 1992, Photo-Synthesis: Photographs by Jerry Uelsmann, (Gainesville: University of Florida Press); Jerry N. Uelsmann, 2000, Approaching the Shadow, (Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press); Jerry N. Uelsmann, 2005, Other Realities, (New York: Bulfinch Press) 
      
  3. Λ Text courtesy Verve Gallery for Photography, 2007. 
      

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General reading 
  
McFadden, David Revere, 2011, Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities, (Channel Photographics) isbn-10: 0983298319 isbn-13: 978-0983298311 [Museum of Arts and Design] [Δ
  
 
  
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
  
Lori Nix 
  
Nixi, Lori & Pollack, Barbara, 2013, Lauri Nix: The City, (Decode Books) isbn-13: 978-0983394235 [Δ
  
Robert ParkeHarrison 
  
ParkeHarrison, Robert, 2000, Robert ParkeHarrison: The Architect’s Brother, (Santa Fe: Twin Palms Publishers) [Δ
  
Sandy Skoglund 
  
Skoglund, Sandy, 1998, Sandy Skoglund: Reality Under Siege A Retrospective, (Harry N. Abrams) isbn-10: 0810927853 isbn-13: 978-0810927858 [Δ
  
Maggie Taylor 
  
2007, Maggie Taylor & Jerry Uelsmann, (Seoul: Museum of Photography) [Exhibition catalogue] [Δ
  
Carroll, Lewis & Taylor, Maggie, 2008, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland: Illustrated By Maggie Taylor, (Palo Alto: Modernbook Gallery) isbn-10: 0980104408 isbn-13: 978-0980104400 [Δ
  
Haskins, Lola & Taylor, Maggie, 2008, Solutions Beginning with A, (Palo Alto: Modernbook Gallery) [Δ
  
Standen, Amy, 2005, Maggie Taylor's Landscape of Dreams, (Adobe Press) [Δ
  
Taylor, Maggie, 2012, No Ordinary Days, (The University Press of Florida) [Essay by A.D. Coleman] [Δ
  
Jerry N. Uelsmann 
  
2007, Maggie Taylor & Jerry Uelsmann, (Seoul: Museum of Photography) [Exhibition catalogue] [Δ
  
Enyeart, J. L., 1982, Jerry N. Uelsmann, Twenty-Five Years: A Retrospective, (Boston: Little, Brown) [Δ
  
Uelsmann, Jerry N., 1970, Jerry N. Uelsmann, (New York: Aperture) [Essay by Peter Bunnell] [Δ
  
Uelsmann, Jerry N., 1977, Silver Meditations, (Dobbs Ferry, NY: Morgan and Morgan) [Δ
  
Uelsmann, Jerry N., 1992, Photo-Synthesis: Photographs by Jerry Uelsmann, (Gainesville: University of Florida Press) [Δ
  
Uelsmann, Jerry N., 2000, Approaching the Shadow, (Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press) [Δ
  
Uelsmann, Jerry N., 2005, Other Realities, (New York: Bulfinch Press) [Δ
  
Paolo Ventura 
  
Parry, Eugenia & Ventura, Paolo, 2009, Paolo Ventura: Winter Stories, (Aperture) isbn-10: 1597111252 isbn-13: 978-1597111256 [Δ
  
Ventura, Paolo & Prose, Francine, 2006, War Souvenir, (Contrasto) isbn-10: 8889032979 isbn-13: 978-8889032978 [Δ
  
 
  
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan - alan@luminous-lint.com 
  

HomeContentsPhotographers > Photographers worth investigating

 
Paul Biddle • Paul Biddle • John Paul Caponigro  (1965-) • Fran Forman • Claudia Kunin  (1954-) • Lori Nix  (1969-) • Robert ParkeHarrison  (1968-) • Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison • Dominic Rouse  (1959-) • Maggie Taylor  (1961-) • Jerry N. Uelsmann  (1934-) • Paolo Ventura  (1968-)
HomeThemesLandscapeLandscape types > Fantasy 
 
A wider gazeRelated topics 
  
Digital photomontage 
Fabricated realities 
Surrealism 
 
  

HomeContentsOnline exhibitions > Fantasy

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ThumbnailJerry Uelsmann: Trees 
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Released (January 17, 2008)
ThumbnailLori Nix 
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Released (September 17, 2008)
ThumbnailMaggie Taylor 
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Released (October 19, 2007)
ThumbnailThe Strange Worlds of Paul Biddle 
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Released (August 22, 2011)
 
  

HomeVisual indexes > Fantasy

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ThumbnailFran Forman: Photomontage 
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ThumbnailJerry Uelsmann: Trees 
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ThumbnailLori Nix: Accidentally Kansas 
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ThumbnailMaggie Taylor: Almost Alice 
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ThumbnailMaggie Taylor: Landscape of Dreams 
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ThumbnailPaul Biddle: The Archipelago of Fantasy Islands 
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