High School Photogram Photography Lesson
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Some of the first photographic images made were photograms
William Henry Fox Talbot called photograms Photogenic drawings
What is a photogram?
Is a photographic images made without a camera.
The images is made by placing the objects directly onto the surface of the light-sensitive material such as photographic paper then exposing it to light.
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He made them by placing leaves and pieces of material onto sensitized paper, and then left them outdoor on sunny days to expose.
THE RESULT? Dark background with a white silhouette of the object.
The photogram Rebirth
Man Ray a 20th century artist/photographer used Photograms, later coining the phrase and process as Rayographs
Real name: Emmanual Rudinitsky Man Ray: born in Philly 1870 Adult life: New york, Paris, & Hollywood Reputation flourished in Paris He became a big part of the Dada and
Surrealist movements in art.
His style capitalized on the stark and unexpected effects of negative imaging,
unusual juxtapositions of identifiable objects
variations in the exposure time given to different objects within a single image, and moving objects as the sensitive materials were being exposed.
Other photographic works by MAN RAY
Glass Tears by Man Ray ca 1930-33
Hair photo by Man Ray
Le Violon dIngres 1924 by Man Ray
Man Rays continued He considered Paris his home, and his artistic reputation
flourished there. World War II forced Man Ray to flee Paris. He had to leave behind his masterpieces of paintings and
photography; in essence, his entire artistic career. When his boat was safely in the Port of Newark, he was
overcome with a feeling of intense depression. He knew he had to start over.
HIS RAYOGRAPHS were not fully appreciated in his lifetime, but are now considered great works.