AbstractBeyond Reason. The Photography of SurrealismPhotography has always been regarded as a secondary medium in the awe inspiring surrealist movement of the 20th century. This thesis is dedicated to the dynamic, yet relatively neglected study of photography in surrealism. The time between the two world wars is the main temporal focus, forming the high point of surrealist accomplishments, whereas Paris, as the place of origin, forms the regional emphasis. However, since the movement was not a locally restricted phenomenon, the most important representatives from other European countries, as well as the time outside of its heyday, have been considered to a certain extent. Selected examples will give the reader an understanding of the surrealist ?system?, which includes a common surrealist mindset. The first part of the thesis focuses on the historic background, giving an introduction to surrealism to give a better understanding of its overall structure. The second part comprises of an overview of photography in the movement, focusing on the most influential artists, their works, themes and influences. In addition, further developments and effects on surrealist photography after the Second World War, as well as conceptual goals and practices and the position of women, femininity and sexuality in surrealist photography will be discussed in detail.