Traditional photograms are photographic images created without the use of a camera or film: objects are used instead of film negatives either in the enlarger or directly on the photographic paper. The first prints developed as photograms were produced in the 1830s by English mathematician William Henry Fox Talbot who placed objects on ‘salted paper’ and exposed them to a light source. The technique was adopted by artists and improved over a century, diverging from photography in the 1950s as a unique medium. Another of the pioneers of photograms was the artist Man Ray.
For seven years, I created photograms in the darkroom, placing translucent objects in the negative carrier of an enlarger and projecting the images onto photographic paper. In 2004 I stepped out of the darkroom and began to produce digital photograms (scanograms) using a scanner instead of an enlarger.
Mia talks about her photograms on Shaw TV’s Urban Rush (6 minutes)