“Photomontage is the process and the result of making a composite photograph by cutting and joining two or more photographs into a new image.”
The art of Photomontage is said to have started just after the First World War, but the manipulation of photographs is something that has existed since the mid 19th century.
Photomontage is something that really interests me as it gives the sense of ‘surrealism’ and takes several images which then create one whole image which has a completely different meaning to what the original images may have had.
I researched extensively into a variety of Photomontage artists and the one who appealed to me most was the artist Ilit Azoulay. Born in Israel, Ilit Azoulay takes contemporary furniture and situations and montages them together to create a very clean and crisp final image.
This second image interests me the most as it has a real high sense of surrealism to it. The fact that the old fashioned black and white image of the man is mixed in with the contemporary furnishings and background makes the audience really think about what the artist is trying to achieve. The thing that appeals to me most with Photomontage is that even though the final image may seem a jumble of images, everything has been placed in that position by the artist for a reason, creating a deeper level of meaning and a three dimensional image.
After looking at the above photographs I decided to attempt my own version of Photomontage which can be seen below.
My aim behind this Photomontage was to create a surreal aspect of my life. The use of the pink was to connotate the ‘girly’ aspects of my life where the map highlighted my love for travel and different cultures and countries. The use of the female gives the audience and object to identify with and the pink cowboy hat adds another layer to the image.