Archive for August, 2007

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 [...]