Photograms (or rayograms) were made famous by photographer, Man Ray but they were actually invented by from 1843, Anna Atkins, who illustrated the book, British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions which was the first book illustrated with photographs, which were solely photograms of botanical specimens.
For this assignment you must study photograms and create two photograms yourself.
2 Photograms must be passed in. *They must contain different objects and look like two different compositions.
- Study photograms from master artists.
- Compile objects to experiment with for photograms.
- Play with your objects in order to find a pleasing composition.
- Place your paper under the enlarger. *Do not use a filter.
- Place your objects on the paper.
- Run the enlarger for about 4-8 seconds depending on your objects.
- Develop using the normal chemistry.
- Review the elements and principles in order to utilize them in your composition.
- Think abstractly in order to create an abstract composition from real objects.
- Study photograms of master artists in order to utilize their techniques and ideas.
- Work habits
- Technical Quality
- How did you place your objects on the paper to create a harmonious composition?
- What objects did you use and why do those work when making photograms?
- How did you utilize the techniques used by master artists like Man Ray and Christian Schad?
- Before you begin in the darkroom, be sure to play with the placement of objects on your paper. What makes the best photogram?
- Remember, no cheesiness. We are striving for fine art.
- Plants work really well. Try them.
- Transparent objects also work well.