Jerry was born june 11, 1934. He is an American photographer and the grandfather of the photomontage in 20th century in America.
When he was fourteen, he began his interest in photography. He believed that through photography he could exist outside of himself, to live in a world captured through the lens. Even though he was not an "A" student, he managed to land a few jobs, mostly photographs of models. Eventually Uelsmann went on to earn a BA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and M.S. and M.F.A. degrees from Indiana University. Soon after, he began teaching photography at the University of Florida in 1960. In 1967, he had his first solo exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. This boosted his photography career.
Uelsmann is a master printer, producing complex photographs with multiple negatives and a lot of darkroom work. He uses up to a dozen enlargers at a time to produce his final images, and has a large archive of negatives that he has shot over the years. The negatives that Uelsmann uses are known to reappear within his work, acting as a focal point in one work, and background as another. He didn't care about the boundaries given by the photographers of his time. He wanted to share with the viewer the images from his imagination and saw photomontage as the means to do so. He still uses traditional equipment today.