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Lesson Plans

Re: photograms

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Tue, 10 Sep 1996 22:18:53 -0400

Man Ray is the most obvious, of course he called them Ray-O-Grams, but it's
the same principle. His background in Surrealism makes for interesting
discussion with this age group.

An interesting contemporary photographer working in the medium is Jerry
Burchfield, who teaches at Cypress College in Cypress, California. He
exposes giant pieces of Cibachrome (color positive paper) to colored lights
and flashlights with gels .... literally painting with light.

I call up some of the local photographers and camera stores and ask them if
they have any outdated b/w paper they would like to donate. After the
expiration date, it's commercially worthless because it can't deliver the
full range of tones most photographers try to achieve in their work, but it's
perfect for photograms. This last year we had 500 sheets of 16x20 donated
and everyone exposed their hands on a series of sheets in expressive (yet
unoffensive) gestures. Each student sewed their series together into a row,
and then each row together until it looked like a huge quilt.

-Geoff Black
Orange County High School of the Arts
Los Alamitos, CA

paulette jones wrote
>>I'm looking for a list of objects and some possible ideas for a lesson in
photography (darkroom techniques) doing photograms. Any suggestions
ofphotographers/other artists to use as examples who currently use photograms
in their works. This is for black and white photography. The class
incorporates 9-12th graders just beginning photography. Any other fun
darkroom techniques (not using film) would much be
appreciated for now and future use.<<