Surrealism and Photography

The surrealist movement of the mid 1920s is probably best remembered by works from artists such as Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, or Georgio de Chirico. But surrealism was also represented by photographers and filmmakers, who found the new medium especially suited to creating images that distorted reality and lent itself to dream-like vignettes. Look at the work of Man Ray, Dora Maar, Clarence John Laughlin, Méret Oppenheim amongst others. Check out Luis Buñuel’s film Un Chien Andalou (warning–mature content), one of the earliest examples of surrealist filmmaking.

The first assignment, The Personal Narrative in Black and White, is a project that is wide open to your interpretation. It is a personal exploration in photographic imagery, and therefore surrealism can help inform your aesthetic.

Learn more about surrealism and photography here.

Noire et Blanche by Man Ray

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