How to make a Photogram in association with The National Gallery Of Ireland

A photogram is a photographic image that is made without a camera. Objects are placed directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive photographic paper and then exposed to light in a darkroom. The paper is then developed by using light-sensitive chemicals in the darkroom.

Follow this simple step by step guide to making your own photograms, inspired by our current photography exhibition Moment in Time.

Follow this simple step by step guide to making your own photograms, inspired by our current photography exhibition Moment in Time.

How it works:

The Sun Sensitive Paper is coated with light-sensitive chemicals, which react to light waves and particles when exposed to light. When you place objects on the paper, they block the light and turn white while the paper around them remains blue. Water stops the process and fixes your images on the paper.