Archives for photographers and other artists

Bill Westheimer

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Clematis 7, by Bill Westheimer Bill Westheimer, a photographer, photogrammer, and experimenter in light and pictures has a huge and glorious site featuring his work. Any one of the projects alone is a hell of a body of work, but cumulatively it’s mindblowing. I keep going back to look at the wire balls photograms, ferns, [...]

photograms: botanics, bugs, and bodies

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Ether 8, by Stefanie Valentin Photograms began with plants and flowers, with Anna Atkins making botanical cyanotypes in the 1840s, and it still seems like a rich vein to mine in contemporary work. I’ve already posted links to some artists who work with bugs, botanics, and bodygrams, but here’s more of the good stuff: bugs [...]

chemigrams & luminograms, chemistry & light

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

chemigram by Polly Marriner Pierre Cordier, who invented the chemigram in 1958, would argue that it’s not photography at all, in that though it uses photographic materials, it’s painting with chemicals not painting with light. Most artists I can find working with chemigrams today, however, combine Cordier’s techniques with methods all their own, and clearly [...]

Luminograms, bodygrams, and photograms

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Seeds of Green Starlight, by Reciprocity (image copyright Alan Jaras) More luminograms (nothing but light itself thrown onto film or paper), photograms (objects placed directly on the light-sensitive material), body grams (where the photogram is made of body), and other variations on this rich seam of cameraless photography: Alan Jaras uses glass and plastics to [...]

sunprints, shadowprints and photograms

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

tulips, by imagemkr1 A handful of artists working with photograms, sunprints, and shadowprints: Daniel Ranalli spent ten years working almost exclusively with photograms, likening his beautiful work to something a “…bit like drawing with invisible ink – nothing you are doing reveals itself until the sheet of paper is developed – at which point it [...]

Garry Fabian Miller

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Becoming Magma 2, June 2004, Gary Fabian Miller Bristol-born artist Garry Fabian Miller has been working with cameraless photography for the past 22 years, and, along with photographers like Paul Kenny and Susan Derges, is performing magic with the most basic ingredients of light and chemistry. The image at the top of this post is [...]

vertical: a return to pinhole photography

Monday, July 16th, 2007

How good it feels to return to making pinhole photographs, and to return to the vertical. The last ones I made, in late March, were made on the last day I was able to stand on my own two feet. I’ve been dabbling in the dark side for the past couple of weeks, using a [...]

Eugene Atget – web exhibition

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Not lensless photography by any stretch of the imagination, but this online exhibition of Eugene Atget’s work is not to be missed. The French National Library has put together a huge collection of his gorgeous, fascinating work. Put aside an hour or two, and get lost in his beautiful documentation of Paris…

Shi Guorui – solo exhibition in San Francisco

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Shi Guorui, like Vera Lutter, makes huge camera obscura photographs, exploring the sense of place, and seems to mostly exhibit his works as negatives. He’s used one of the watchtowers on the Great Wall of China as a camera, set up a camera obscura in a karaoke room to get a huge overview of Shanghai, [...]

Vera Lutter interview in Bomb magazine

Friday, July 6th, 2007

An interview, from 2003, with artist Vera Lutter. Lutter talks in depth about her distinctive, giant pinhole works, often made inside shipping containers in industrial and urban spaces–factories, airports, hangars, and high above city streets–and shown as negative prints. One of Lutter’s pictures, a three panel pinhole photograph of Frankfurt airport, can be seen in [...]