an activity inspired by the photogram process—a
form of cameraless photography.
A photogram is
an image made on photographic paper without
the aid of a camera. To make photograms,
artists place a wide range of objects directly
onto photographic paper and expose it to
To make the image shown
at left, Man Ray
exposed the paper to light at least three
times. Each time a different set of objects
acted as a stencil: a pair of hands, a
pair of heads kissing, and two darkroom
trays, which seem almost to kiss each other
with their corner spouts. With each exposure,
the paper darkened where it was not covered.
FAUXTOGRAM allows you to make
your own virtual photograms. Experiment
by selecting, arranging, layering, and
exposing objects to light to make shadowy,
Please note that FAUXTOGRAM does
not precisely replicate the exposure of light-sensitive
View complete instructions on how to make photograms in a darkroom.
Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky)
(American, 1890–1976). Rayograph.
1922. Gelatin silver print (photogram),
9 3/8 x 11 3/4" (23.9 x 29.9 cm).
Gift of James Thrall Soby. © 2006
Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society
(ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
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