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03-09-2010, 07:01 PM
I was wondering how many of you guys have worked on photograms. I'm writing an article about photograms that I'm going to send off to a magazine and would really love to hear from you guys on your experiences in the darkroom.

Mad Aussie
03-09-2010, 09:12 PM
What are photograms?

Mad Aussie
03-09-2010, 09:13 PM
Looked it up ...

A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a photo-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The result is a negative shadow image varying in tone, depending on the transparency of the objects used. Areas of the paper that have received no light appear white; those exposed through transparent or semi-transparent objects appear grey.[1]

03-09-2010, 09:14 PM
I googled it...never had heard of it before. :)
Photogram - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photogram)

03-10-2010, 04:12 AM
Photograms although interesting is something of a specialized hobby. One of the first things I learned to do in the dark room at HS when we were bored and looking for cool stuff to do but after that it became a bit repetitious. I think if it is your passion or hobby wonderful but I just found it a bit limiting in what I wanted from the photographic process. I think many photographers have done accidental photograms over the years and not knowing they had actually created a photogram. I hope your article does well, I know there is people who just love this type of darkroom art.

03-10-2010, 11:42 AM
Photograms are very very cool. I too first tried them as a kid...in summercamp. Although A.L. found it limiting, I see endless creative possibilities here.

Here's one from this site by Man Ray (http://www.photography.ca/photographer/ray_man.html). He called them rayographs but it's the same thing.