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Surrational Images: PHOTOMONTAGES Hardcover – October 1, 1992


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252019350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252019357
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Mutter's collection has motivated me to evaluate our culture.
Another Photographer
And if you really try to think about the pieces and look at the detail in them, you can find deeper meanings in them.
Sarah M. Ransom
If you are a fan of photomontage, I would highly recommend this book.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sarah M. Ransom on September 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
While many people criticize Scott Mutter's work, there is a true meaning behind almost all of his pieces. People do not like his work because they do not understand it or the difficult tasks he completed to make these works. I recently attended a lecture given by Mr. Mutter where he explained the thought process behind most of his photographs. He is truly an artistic genius. For Example, in his piece the Grave there is a revolving door. While most people say that he is implying reincarnation, this is incorrect. If you look closely you can see another door behind it that is closed. He told us that with this piece he meant to say that we can try and try to find out what is behind that solid door (representing death), but we can never know until we have passed because the door is locked. Many of the images in the book are not finished. During his lecture, Mr. Mutter constantly told us that he was eventually going to go back to pieces and work on them more. I know that a lot of what I'm saying doesn't concern the book, but my point is that this man is a creative genius and his work is truly mesmerizing. This book will make you look twice at many of the pictures. And if you really try to think about the pieces and look at the detail in them, you can find deeper meanings in them. Do not pass this book by. There is a reason why so many of his pieces have been made into posters. It is because this man's work is unbelievably amazing.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cody on December 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Photo montage is not an art form that I was familiar with prior to receiving this collection as a gift. Having studied this book, it seems to me that photo montage, unlike painting, straight photography or other visual arts, has a quality of novelty about it that would make it easy for the snobbish to disregard the form as a lesser artistic effort.
Well, I am not a snob and for me the novelty of Mr. Mutter's work has not worn off. I must say that not all of the images in this book "work" for me (hence four stars). Those that do, however, impact me at a level that is profound and just as deep as any painting, poem or movie has ever touched. In particular I am thinking of the grave with the revolving door, the trees growing from the parquet floor, the swan swimming atop a marble floor and the house residing in a copse of trees from which a dark and monolithic statue arises. All of the images in this book are black and white, which somehow lends each one a certain quality of veracity. It is really pointless, however, to describe these images as they must be seen to be appreciated.
So let us describe the book itself. A true coffee table edition, it is oversized just enough to allow each image a full page to itself (and sometimes more). The last few pages of the book are comprised of notes (listed by numbers which correspond to each picture) from the artist regarding the inspiration, execution and intent of each piece. This text is generally illuminating but occasionally sparse - as with the aforementioned grave image.
A great book on the whole that should prove inspiring, intriguing and entertaining for anyone with a sense of wonder and imagination
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I personally think this book is clever and extreamly creative as a collection of work that re-looks at a form of photography that almost died. The fact that these are photograph montages and done with an amazing amount of skill blows me away.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Another Photographer on December 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Scott Mutter's collection has motivated me to evaluate our culture. Postmodernism and The Ecclectic have really become essential to the way that our society, as a whole, thinks. Sometimes I sit and stare at his work and try to understand. They are so odd. What does he mean? What do the photographs mean? Because this body of work has helped me to think, I rate it very highly. It has been the beginning of many meaningful and intelligent discussions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Mutter is amazing. His work is intriguing, yet soothing to look at. I encourage everyone to buy this book. It left me with a feeling of sheer excitement. Thank you, Scott Mutter for allowing me to truly see what my eyes would merely glance at
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1996
Format: Hardcover
The surrational photomontages of Scott Mutter are extraordinary.
They stir the both emotions and the imagination. Any fans of photography
or surrealism must add this to their collection. It is one
of the few books that I have come across that the majority
of my colleagues enjoy. In fact I have yet to meet anyone who
doesn't react in a positive manner to these images. This
collection stirs the imagination as well as the best novel
I have ever read.
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