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

Examples of photogram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "the Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory," 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, "Early Developments," 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, "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

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First Known Use of photogram

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Photogram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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