TITLE: The Intimacy of the Photogram
I learned to make photograms when I first started darkroom work long ago, and I remain fascinated with them to this day. There is a very direct sense of purity, of intimacy, with that mode of making a cameraless gelatin silver print, and a connection to the very beginnings of the history of photography. My relationship to the photogram is timeless, in the sense that I will always keep a darkroom ready for more entries to the portfolio, and I cannot imagine ever being done working with this miraculous and surprising process.
AUTHOR: Diane Kaye (United States)
Diane Kaye has won awards and exhibited internationally. Her process and tools span from gelatin silver photograms to cameraless digital prints, and she typically has little allegiance to specific subject matter, but tends to use almost anything at hand to arrange within the photographic frame. She takes special care in arranging forms, surfaces, tonalities, relationships, and qualities of light and the tensions resulting from specific arrangements with or without a camera. Her photograms and lumen prints harken back to much earlier times in the history of this glorious medium, whereas her lith printing yields a special newer form of alternative process print. Two of her printing processes, strangely enough, employ black and white darkroom paper to create color prints!
She is the recipient of the prestigious Associate Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society.
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