Jerry Uelsmann, Apocalypse II - full image.

Apocalypse II

Jerry Uelsmann

Audio

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Year

1967

Dimensions

11 x 13”

Medium

silver gelatin print

Description

American photographer Jerry Uelsmann created Apocalypse 2 in 1967, the year he won a Guggenheim Fellowship for his innovative darkroom work from which surreal composite landscapes like this emerged. Here, Uelsmann conjures Nevil Shute’s post-apocalyptic novel On the Beach (1957) and T.S. Eliot's poem The Hollow Men, which includes the lines: In this last of meeting places 
We grope together
And avoid speech
 Gathered on this beach of the tumid river.