6.23.12 Ed Heckerman Photograms @ Bolivar Cafe + Gallery

[JUNE 16 – JULY 27, 2012]
ED HECKERMAN “Glocal” + “Firebird Rising”
1741 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90405

This exhibition features new photogram work by Ed Heckerman, Associate Professor of Photography at Cerritos College.  Beginning with the series “Offerings, (see Das Fotogramm, Floris M. Neusüss) ”Heckerman has produced seven series of photograms (photographs made without a camera) since 1989.  All the series to date are based on the idea of offering, that is to say, giving pictures, rather than taking them.  Glocal was made in collaboration with Japanese artist Iwauko Murakami.  All sales from that series will go directly to helping people affected by the 2011 earthquake in Japan.  The series Firebird Rising is a typology of paper airplane luminograms (photograms with no object).


photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The usual result is a negative shadow image that shows variations in tone that depends upon 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.[1]

The techniquie is sometimes called cameraless photography. It was used by Man Ray in his exploration of rayographs. Other artists who have experimented with the technique include László Moholy-NagyChristian Schad (who called them “Schadographs”), Imogen Cunningham and Pablo Picasso.[2] Variations of the technique have also been used for scientific purposes.


Bolivar Cafe + Gallery website


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