Peter Fetterman Gallery is pleased to announce two exhibitions: a series of images by distinguished contemporary photographer Jerry Uelsmann and introducing the work of Finnish photographer Pentti Sammallahti with a selection of images shown in Los Angeles for the first time. Also, on Saturday December 17th, Jerry Uelsmann will be signing his books Approaching the Shadow and The Mind's Eye from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Peter Fetterman Gallery -- the event is open to the public.
Using multiple negatives to produce his surreal, dreamlike photographs, Jerry Uelsmann has developed a singular artistic vision which has carried him through a nearly 50 year artistic career. Firmly entrenched in his traditional darkroom compositing practices, Uelsmann continues to produce magical and thought-provoking multi-layered imagery without the help of modern computer-base techniques. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, a founding member of the Society of Photographic Education and a former trustee of the Friends of Photography. His works are featured in the permanent collections of many of the world's most renowned museums and national galleries.
Pentti Sammallahti was born in 1950 in Helsinki, Finland. By 1971 he began to exhibit extensively in Finland and throughout the world. Sammallahti describes himself as a nomad who enjoys the nature of the great north, the darkness, the cold, and the sea. Sammallahti, a master craftsman, carefully tones his prints, to create a poetic atmosphere of desolate silence. He was included among the 100 favorite photographs in the personal collection of Henri Cartier-Bresson in 2003. Since 1979, he has published thirteen books and portfolios and has received awards such as the Samuli Paulaharju Prize of the Finnish Literature Society, State Prizes for Photography, Uusimaa Province Art Prize, Daniel Nyblin Prize, and the Finnish Critics Association Annual.
Simultaneously, The Annenberg Space for Photography will be exploring the work of Jerry Uelsmann in the group exhibition titled Digital Darkroom which will run from December 17, 2011 through May 28, 2012. Sixteen young artists, each a master of different types of digital techniques, that explore the intersection of art and technology will be juxtaposed against Uelsmann, a master of darkroom compositing techniques.