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 these images were discovered in a spiral bound notebook when Breton's estate was dispersed in 2003, thirty-seven years after his death. Technically, the photomontages are composed of cut-out photographs glued to notebook paper, in some cases colored with analine dye. These images are made in the spirit of the Surrealist exquisite corpse: demonstrating collaborative authorship, cut-up collage, and use of 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 using layers in Adobe Photoshop. Technically, we will learn the basics of manipulating layers in a photoshop composition, adjusting the hue and saturation of imagery, and exporting a final product.
To begin, please download this photoshop file: twomey_demo.psd
- Controlling Layer Visibility
- Scale and Position Images
- Hue and Contrast Adjustment
- Image Export