Photomontage comes of age

As we head into the second decade of the 21st century, the craft of photomontage has retained its appeal for creatives and clients the world over, across advertising, motion graphics and editorial design. Besides the omnipresence of Photoshop, its sustained popularity is also down to the availability of photographic assets themselves - whether they're directly from a client, photographer, stock library, or self-shot using increasingly affordable high-end equipment.

A broad range of illustrators and designers specialise in this diverse area, collaborating with fellow designers and photographers as necessary. The results range from sexing up a client's product shots for advertising use to dreaming up stunning surrealist landscapes and everything else in between. The creation of such imagery allows for much experimentation and exploration, and the results are always unique, as New Delhi-based visual artist Archan Nair attests: "Photomontage illustration has more variety of scope with which you can experiment," he believes. "You can play with surreal or abstract environments, creating images that have a much stronger impact because they combine surrealism with realistic beauty."

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