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André Breton, Paul Éluard, and Suzanne Muzard, "Untitled" ca. 1931. Aniline colored collage on notebook paper. Page numbered '21' on recto
André Breton, Paul Éluard, and Suzanne Muzard, "Untitled" ca. 1931. Aniline colored collage on notebook paper. Page numbered '8' on recto


Background

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. Individual authorship is impossible to attribute, as the collages were only discovered (in a spiral bound notebook) when Breton's estate was dispersed in 2003, 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.

Introduction

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

Activities

  1. Controlling Layer Visibility
  2. Scale and Position Images
  3. Hue and Contrast Adjustment
  4. Image Export