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IDEA Photographic: After Modernism Themes
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Early to Late Modernism
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Beyond Realism

European Surrealism had an impact on American photographers from early to late modernist periods. Historically, artists embraced the surrealist manifesto in an attempt to come to terms with the devastating consequences of the World Wars. Surrealism became an ironic voice. It was a psychological duel between the realist perspective click to enlarge and the unconscious. Surrealists expressed those profound contradictions found within existing social-political realities and individual ethics and beliefs. Some of these photographers explored only tangentially such issues of surrealism during their careers. Others contributed to a continuous outpouring of a surrealist discourse in contemporary photography.
—Siegfried Halus

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