Surrealism in Photography

exploring surrealism

Surrealism is an ideological and artistic movement that emerged after the First World War in response to the tragedies and insanity of the devastating war between nations. 


Surrealist photographers strive to challenge our perceptions of reality by incorporating various fundamental characteristics of Surrealism.

dream-like imagery

Surrealist photographers like to use dream-like images to convey the illogical, as well as to probe further into the inner workings of the human psyche.

disorienting perspectives

Surrealist photographers are able to make photos that are both visually pleasing and thought-provoking through the use of unconventional or unexpected perspectives.

techniques used

These techniques include the utilization of double exposure, forced perspective, montage, image manipulation, and in-camera techniques.

photo montage

This is a popular technique that allows you to mix two or more photographs to produce an image that is unique. 

forced perspective

The Surrealist photographer can manipulate the relative sizes and positioning of the objects within the shot in order to achieve depth or distance in forced perspective.

image manipulation

Images can also be altered by manipulating the film itself. Surrealist photographers often use this approach to produce abstract or disorienting Surreal photographs.

famous surreal photographers to know


Man Ray (1890 – 1976)


André Breton (1896 – 1966)


Duane Michals (1932 – Present)


Jerry Uelsmann (1934 – 2022)


Cindy Sherman (1954 – Present)