Photograms

After our experiments in the darkroom, I thought it prudent to show a few related images. Man Ray is an obvious leader in the medium, with his Ray-o-grams from the 1930s, but there is a pre-history and recent advances that go beyond Man Ray. 

Henry Fox Talbot, Cascade of Spruce Needles, 1839

Henry Fox Talbot, Cascade of Spruce Needles, 1839

Fox Talbot, one of the inventors of photography, was frustrated with his inability to draw with a camera lucida. He invested his time in figuring out a chemical method to fix images to paper. Early in the process, he made “photogenic” drawings, placing objects on light-sensitive silver nitrate-coated paper and leaving them in the sun. These are the first photograms, made even before cameras were in use. 

Adam Fuss, 2001

Adam Fuss, 2001. This photogram was made with a strong strobe flash capturing the artist dumping a bucket of water onto photo-sensitive paper

Adam Fuss, 1990

Adam Fuss, 1990

Adam Fuss, 1998

Adam Fuss, 1998

Adam Fuss, 1990. This photogram is made with a small light bulb on a string, hanging above the paper. Fuss swings the light and the image is made as the light-pendulum settles and slows.

Adam Fuss, 1990. This photogram is made with a small light bulb on a string, hanging above the paper. Fuss swings the light and the image is made as the light-pendulum settles and slows.

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