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How to Make Photograms

Between all the analog photography techniques, this is one of the simplest. Learn about how photograms are made in this quick tipster.

Photogram is a photographic image created without using a camera, made by directly exposing the photographic paper to the magnifier’s light. Man Ray and Moholy-Nagy are main examples of artists that have used this technique. Both of them accidentally discovered, almost at the same time, this photographic style, but Man Ray was the first to become known for calling his photos “Rayographs.”

Images are produced by creating compositions of objects over the paper. Once the light collides in a uniform way, tones variations occur by using materials with different transparency levels, since not using these will result in high contrasted images.

After this stage, the photographic ritual stays the same, and after three chemical baths (developer, stop and fixer), the photogram is done.

So, what do you guys think about this technique? Post your comments below!

written by cacodzz and translated by arrebol


  1. mafiosa


    I love this technique but have not had a chance to try it yet. Very soon I hope.

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  2. superlighter


    I like Man Ray's Rayographs so much.

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  3. istionojr


    oh interesting, I have one but with a real-life objects. :)

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