Born in Detroit on June 11, 1934, Jerry Uelsmann received his BFA Degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1957 and his M.S. and M.F.A at Indiana University in 1960. He began teaching photography at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1960. He became a graduate research professor of art at the University in 1974, and is now retired from teaching. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, with his wife, the artist Maggie Taylor.
Uelsmann received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1972. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, a founding member of the Society of Photographic Education, and a former trustee of the Friends of Photography. Uelsmann's work has been exhibited in more than 100 individual shows in the United States and abroad over the past forty years. His photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums world wild, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York , the Chicago Art Institute, the Samuel P. Harn Museum in Gainesville, the International Museum of Photography and the George Eastman House, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliptheque National in Paris, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Gallery of Australia, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Center of Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, and the Museum of Photography in Seoul, Korea.