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Discussion 4 ~ Camera-less Photography

Wed Dec 11, 2013, 11:18 PM

Camera-less Photography

The definition of photography is that of creating an image using the recording of light. This could be done by applying light-sensitive emulsion to paper and then exposing to a light source for a set amount of time. By using a camera that houses light sensitive film or other materials. Or by today's most prevalent method, that of a camera with a digital sensor that records information about the light. Some of the first photographs ever made were created without the use of a camera so I chose for this months discussion to highlight some of these techniques, from photograms to x-rays, and to broaden awareness and increase the inspiration to create photographic works that do not rely on a camera to be created. 

Carrie Witherell - Cyanotype Photograms

photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The usual result is a negative shadow image that shows variations in tone that depends upon the transparency of the objects used.

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Abelardo Morell - Cliche Verre

Cliché verre is a method of either etching, painting or drawing on a transparent surface, such as glass, thin paper or film and printing the resulting image on a light sensitive paper in a photographic darkroom

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Peter Feldstein - Cliche Verre

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Courtney Johnson - Cliche Verre

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Pierre Cordier - Chemigram

chemigram is an experimental art where a photographic image made by painting on a light-sensitive paper. 

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Seiju Toda - X-ray Photography

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From the DeviantArt community

A selection of works from artist here on DA who are working in some of these techniques.

Radiance by tbaotgmLumen print 28 by Yourmung
Cliche Verre 1 by UmbraPhotographyChemigram 7 by UmbraPhotography
Bourbon by UmbraPhotographyPhotogram - Twists of snake by Jade-Rat
sunday afternoon by bangiaPhotogram, Plant - 1 by kapanaga
Photogram, Plant - 2 by kapanagaPhotogram, Plant - 6 by kapanaga
Photogram by ndbluedevil2LIFESPAN by rawimage
VI by justanothersomeoneThese Lines Fail to Define Us by justanothersomeone
eclipse by g-samanuelthe system by g-samanuel

Questions for the Reader:

1. Were you previously familiar with any of these processes?

2. Which artist in particular did you find most interesting? Do you have any artists to add to this discussion, from DeviantArt and/or other sources?

3. Which alternative processes not discussed here would you like to see in a future discussion?

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Very interesting! :clap:
Yourmung Dec 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks for include one of my earlier works. A honour.
justanothersomeone Dec 24, 2013  Student Photographer
My pleasure!
ScENeYmE Dec 15, 2013  Student Photographer
Wonderful examples. I've done photograms in the past, but lack the space to set up my darkroom stuff to do any more at the moment, although they still stay a favourite of mine :heart:
justanothersomeone Dec 15, 2013  Student Photographer
It's hard to get unique and interesting results with the method, but it is really fun and hands on. And when you do discover objects that make good photograms it's so rewarding :D Hope you can make more soon.
Andaelentari Dec 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow, this is really informative.  I didn't know anything about any of these, so thank you for writing about them :hug:
justanothersomeone Dec 13, 2013  Student Photographer
It's my pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it :hug:
LeanneMWilliams Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very interesting thank you Nod 
justanothersomeone Dec 13, 2013  Student Photographer
You're welcome :)
Excellent reading, almost didn't know anything about these techniques ! :nod:
And wow, this is all beautiful abstract art ! The chemigrams and photograms above are great !

Thanks for sharing ! :hug:
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