The technique of creating photographic prints without using a camera (photograms) is as old as photography itself – but emerged again in various avant-garde contexts in the early 1920s.
A photogram is a photographic print made by laying objects onto photographic paper and exposing it to light
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The photogram is an image made without a camera by placing an object directly on to the surface of a light-sensitive material and then exposing it to light. Since the dawn of photography it has been explored by practitioners such as Anna Atkins and Henry Fox Talbot, keen to expand the boundaries of representation. It was a technique much employed by early modernists such as László Moholy-Nagy and György Kepes (the latter’s photograms go on display at Tate Liverpool this spring) and is enjoying something of a revival as seen in the works of Liz Deschenes, Nathaniel Mellors, Walead Beshty and Raphael Hefti
We know her best through her sculptures, but one of the many outcomes of Barbara Hepworth's friendship with László Moholy-Nagy was her experiments with photograms. The artist's granddaughter reveals how they came about
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10 Nov 2016 – 21 May 2017
24 Jun – 25 Oct 2015
Book now to see Barbara Hepworth, one of the leading sculptors of the 20th century. This retrospective of one of Britain’s greatest artists features many of her most significant and beautiful sculptures in wood, stone and bronze alongside rarely seen works.
9 Mar – 4 Jun 2006
Albers and Moholy-Nagy: from the Bauhaus to the New World pas exhibition at Tate Modern