Jerry Uelsmann - forerunner of photomontage. This guy was doing what we do in photoshop, but working meticulously in the dark room. He broke the rules of photography to develop some beautifully strange and surreal imagery.
Incredible Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop
There are tree roots coming out of the house, which is unusual because there's a house above the roots, not a tree. The house with the roots are the center of interest. The lines of the roots catches my attention and leads up to the house.
Before Photoshop allowed image makers to bend reality to their will with a single keystroke there was Jerry Uelsmann. His layered images came from seven enlargers, multiple negatives and his own hands.
Self Portrait at 70 with my Head in the Clouds is a fine art photograph by master photographer Jerry Uelsmann. The image was created in 2004 and depicts a self-portrait of the artist with his curly hair blending in with a scene of clouds.