The images to the right are selections from a set of 33 photomontage images collaboratively produced by surrealist artists André Breton, Paul Éluard & Suzanne Muzard between 1928 and 1931. These images are composed of photographic fragments, colored in some cases with analine dye, glued onto notebook paper. In fact, these images were discovered in a spiral bound notebook when Breton's estate was dispersed in 2003. Individual authorship is impossible to attribute as this was thirty-seven years after his death. These images were made in the spirit of the surrealist exquisite corpse: demonstrating collaborative authorship, cut-up collage, chance operations and found materials. Further images in the series are available here, and you can read more about the series here.
For this short hands-on activity we will combine a number of source images to make our own surrealist collage. Technically, we will learn the basics of manipulating layers in photoshop, and adjusting hue and saturation.
To begin, please download this photoshop file: twomey_demo.psd
- Controlling Layer Visibility
- Scale and Position Images
- Hue and Contrast Adjustment
- Image Export