INSPIRATION: Floris Neusüss & Photograms

I stumbled upon Floris Neusüss’s photograms a little while ago and have been in love with them, and the concept of photograms ever since. This is one of the oldest known ways of producing an image and the results can be striking.

“A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a photo-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The result is a negative shadow image varying in tone, depending on the transparency of the objects used. Areas of the paper that have received no light appear white; those exposed through transparent or semi-transparent objects appear grey.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Neusüss was born in 1937 and trained in photography at the Art School in Wuppertal and the National Academy of Photographic Design in Munich, as well as teaching at the Kassel Art Academy from 1972 to 2002. He is best known for his “Körperfotogramms”, or whole-body photograms.

Other artists who have created photograms include Man Ray, Len Lye, and Pablo Picasso.

Man Ray, “La Maison” (1931)


Do you have experience in making photograms? What do you think of the method?

Alison Hickey

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Alison Harmsworth is a set designer based in Toronto. Her credits include 'Schitt's Creek', 'Good Witch', 'A Christmas Horror Story', 'Remedy', and 'Spun Out'.

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