It seems paradoxical to conceive of the surrealist movement as having had a manifesto, and yet it did. (Actually, it had more than one! Manifestos were all the rage back then.) The first manifesto was written by the French writer André Breton in 1924. Of course, a good deal of humor must have gone into defining what was essentially indefinable. Even though we can't quite put words to what we expect from surrealism, we know the things we have come to find there: surprise, non sequitur, non-rational significance in images. The marriage of the world of dream to the world as we daily experience it creates surrealism. It is the whimsical juxtaposition of conscious and unconscious spaces.
While browsing the surreal category of photography on deviantART, it didn't surprise me to learn that this category is widely misunderstood. Surrealism often seems to be interpreted to mean simply "creepy", but that's not what it is. It is also evident that m