pho·​to·​gram | \ ˈfō-tə-ˌgram How to pronounce photogram (audio) \

Definition of photogram

: a photographic image made by placing objects between light-sensitive paper and a light source

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Golemboski uses different methods of manipulation in the dark room (drawings, photograms, vintage photographic papers) to alter her photographs and turn them into something between illusion and reality. Grace Cote, charlotteobserver, "Here’s what’s coming up in Charlotte’s visual arts," 4 June 2019 Ms Parker makes sculptures and installations; her technique results not in photographs but photograms (the name for images produced by contact between objects and paper). The Economist, "Retro photography is in vogue," 2 June 2018 Their catenaries hug the curves in Sheree Hovsepian’s photograms, layered with stretches of arced pantyhose in what might be called femme modernism. Lori Waxman,, "Abstraction, explained," 31 May 2018 One of Krause’s resembles a lacy photogram; another squirms with blue and pink biomorphic strands, spreading like ivy. Cate Mcquaid,, "‘Inventur’ looks at German art in the wake of WWII," 15 Mar. 2018 The photogram was a technique favoured by surrealists like Man Ray, who made abstract compositions by simply placing objects on light-sensitive paper. The Economist, "Thomas Ruff’s manipulative photography," 30 Sep. 2017 The series of photograms on display also offer a multifaceted portrait of light as an entity: its movement, its chemical reactions, its impact when left to its own devices. Kt Hawbaker,, "Let there be light at ADDS DONNA gallery," 8 Sep. 2017 Now their work has inspired this art 'All the Flowers' turns blooms in LACMA artworks into a photogram bouquet of blue UCLA shows its art cred with fundraiser featuring Opie, Kruger, Ruscha and more Gustavo Dudamel has tried to stay out of politics. Leah Ollman,, "Are those real seashells? Photos? Paintings? In artist Mark Roeder's show, the answer is none of the above," 5 May 2017 But that also leaves room for the unexpected, including objects that look back in innovative ways, like Lisa McCarty’s experiments in darkroom drawing and Anne Arden McDonald’s photograms, made without the use of a camera. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "For photography, a new way forward at RedLine art center exhibit," 25 Mar. 2017

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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