Surrealist photographs of Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Andre Breton, Brassai, Salvador Dali, Philippe Halsman, Andre Kertesz and Hans Bellmer are considered giants of art with their disorienting and exquisite creations, advancing the cultural movement that began in the early 1920s.
Recently the ambition to resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality evolved to new levels. We have selected the leading contemporary surreal photographers that proof that visual art has no boundaries and the world of dreams and the unconscious is alive.
Enjoy our selection of surreal photographers that push the boundaries of creativity, surprise and imagination. We welcome your suggestions on new additions.
Lara Zankoul is a Lebanese conceptual photographer that first entered the photography scene in 2008. Graduating from the American University of Beirut with a Masters in Economics, Zankoul turned to photography as a way to escape the everyday life of a cubicle in which she worked her first full-time job.
Martin Stranka is a self-taught professional photographer, born on April 13, 1984 in Czech Republic. Martin's distinctive vision of photography etched as a unique space located in a balance and serenity, while his sophisticated and rewarding images exists in that narrow space of a few seconds between dreaming and awakening.
Ronen Goldman is an Artist and Conceptual Photographer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Ronen is specialized in creating "Photo-Dreams" - conceptually constructed photographs illustrating his various dream states. As you can see from the pictures below, most of the images transmit a mix of deep sensations such as happiness, sadness, exhilaration or sheer paranoia - as dreams often do.
Tommy Ingberg is a passionate Swedish photographer working primarily in black and white and is fond of creating surrealistic montages, which he often creates after photographing in his studio. His artistic creativity strives for simple, scaled back compositions with few elements, where every part adds to the story, but where there are still gaps for the viewer to fill, many of which produce a "surrealist" end result.
Caitlin Worthington young portrait and commercial photographer residing in Perth, Western Australia. She began her journey through photography at the age of 15. She then went on to study for 3 years at the Central Institute of Technology, graduating with an Advanced Diploma in Photography. Caitlin loves creating images that make the viewer feel as if they are stepping into a dream.
Oleg Oprisco is a fine art photographer born in the town of Lviv, Ukraine. During his teen years he has worked in a photo lab and after completing his studies he was an assistant in Kiev to a well-known photographer that worked in advertising. Oleg believes in the power of practice. That’s why in interviews he is often quoted telling young artists to stop searching for their idols’ work and practice their own style much more. He uses his past experiences as a stepping ladder for future projects. For instance, Oleg has shared in a previous interview that he has visited thousands of occasions with a high level of attention to detail, for instance weddings and birthdays. Those experiences have taught him the colors that people like and this is one bit of knowledge gained from practice that he uses even now.
Katerina Plotnikova is a surreal photographer from russia that creates visual fairy-tales, both sensual and inspiring. In developing incredible photography, Katerina uses powerful animals and delicate models, juxtaposed together, to create her artwork. It may not sound like much, but when you see these pictures yourself, you'll understand. It's like a real-life Alice in Wonderland.
Kyle Thompson is a fine art photographer living in Oregon Biography Kyle Thompson was born in Chicago on January 11th, 1992. He began taking photographs at the age of nineteen after finding interest in nearby abandoned houses. His work is mostly composed of self portraits, often taking place in empty forests and abandoned homes. His work encapsulates the ephemeral narrative, a nonexistent story line that only lives for a split moment. These images show the collapse of narrative, as there is no defined storyline with a beginning and end; instead, these images create a loop. This fleeting moment lives on in a constant unchanging state. By diverting the view of the face, the images become more ambiguous, the viewer is no longer able to tie a defined storyline to the image.
Kirsty Mitchell studied costume for film and theatre at the London College of Fashion and furthered her education with a 3-year degree in fashion design at Ravensbourne School of Art. Afterwards she had a 10 year flourishing career to boost. So why take up a camera? The trigger was the unfortunate event of losing her mother and this serie, as Kristy has put it many times, it a memento towards a greatly loved English teacher.
Laura Zalenga is a Fine-Art & Portrait Photographer based in the south of Germany; loves to create real life fairytales & photo-manipulations.
Brooke Shaden is a fine art photographer living and working in Arizona. Her passion lies in creating new worlds through photographs. Her vision extends beyond the realm of the camera, creating images that resemble paintings and speak of an era that is not our own. Each image is a story. Brooke shares creative photographs on Facebook.
Sarah Ann Loreth does not take photographs; she creates them from scenes she pulls from deep within herself. Sarah is a fine art photographer from New Hampshire, who specializes in self-portraiture and conceptual portraiture. In her work she tries to convey a quiet stillness of emotion with a connection to her natural surroundings. From her use of color and surreality she creates a reality found only in her imagination but with an emotion that is undeniably human.
Anka Zhuravleva - Moscow raised and St. Petersburg based awesome artist and photographer Anka Zhuravleva invites you to be mesmerized by her latest photo-artwork series “Distorted Gravity”.
Alex Stoddard was born in Jacksonville, Florida and spent his childhood in the deep south. He began taking self-portraits at the age of sixteen in the woods behind his home in Georgia, and this stirred in him the need to create and to express himself through the craft of photography. Through his work, Alex creates dark and fantastical tales that capture the drama and fragility of the human experience.
Joel Robison is a 29 year old photographer based out of Cranbrook, British Columbia. I've actively been involved in the photography community for the past 6 years and consider myself to be a conceptual portrait photographer. I've always loved the fantasy world created by the minds of Walt Disney, Dr. Seuss, Jim Henson and many more and I enjoy putting whimsical elements inspired by these role models into my own work. I often try to tell a story within my photographs that allows the viewer to experience an emotion, create their own story, or experience a glimpse into my own ideas and dreams.
Eugenio Recuenco is a photographer from Madrid, Spain, who works mostly in the publishing and advertising fields. Compared to others, his personal style has been referred to as "cinematographic" and "pictorial".