Jerry Ueslmann began working on image manipulation in the late 1950s when such experimentations had long been rejected by the new generation of photographers. Nonetheless, the American photographer, inspired by Henry Peach Robinson’s pictorialist atmospheres and René Magritte’s absurd paintings, created mostly black and white playful images infused with a surrealist feel that avoided meanings. His multilayered pictures privileged fantasy landscapes and scenes that combined human figures and nature. At a time when anyone can distort an image with the help of Photoshop, Jerry Uelsmann proves there is more to his practice than putting images together. A master of what he calls ‘alchemy’, he has applied a unique vision and aesthetic to his art and has established a rare connection with his audience to whom he attributes an important role in the achievement of his images. Indeed, rarely naming his art works, Jerry Uelsmann does not affect the meaning of his work and thus enables viewers to make their interpretation their own.