pho·​to·​gram ˈfō-tə-ˌgram How to pronounce photogram (audio)
: a photographic image made by placing objects between light-sensitive paper and a light source

Examples of photogram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With their photograms, Broomberg and Chanarin found a new, unexpected, but no less emotional way of doing so. Lucy McKeon, New York Times, 3 June 2024 My focus has been these cyanotype photograms and also kind of playing around with a couple of different chemistries, but still with the concept of going diving, collecting material, and bringing it back to the studio and printing it physically using that as the image-making material. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Jan. 2024 Included in both the book and exhibition are photograms in the Man Ray tradition—the jumbled silhouettes of physical objects exposed to light on photographic paper—and chemigrams, splashes of chemicals on photo paper that suggest volcanic eruptions or brain wave. Vince Aletti, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2023 Cut and scattered photograms levitate over LED lights placed on the floor beneath, creating an almost magical effect as the translucent paper glows from within. Grace Edquist, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2023 In the 15 or so years since those first happy accidents, Robertson has honed her practice of camera-less photography, creating ferocious photograms with explosions of pigment that slingshot you to another dimension. Grace Edquist, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2023 Across the aisle at Petzel Gallery (B1) Walead Beshty’s colorful photograms are reflected in mirrored panels on the floor, which will be sold after they are sufficiently cracked and weathered. Martha Schwendener, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2020 Very soon after Herschel’s invention, his friend Anna Atkins (1799–1871) began to use the cyanotype process for making photograms of algae, placing the vegetation directly on the cyanotype paper, under a sheet of glass, and exposing it to light. Luc Sante, The New York Review of Books, 9 May 2019 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, 4 June 2019

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First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of photogram was in 1859

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“Photogram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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