Introduction: How to Make a Photogram

A photogram is a recorded image that can be taken without a camera. It produces a negative, less detailed image. However it can usually only capture smaller objects in full size.


-1 Enlarger
-4 tubs
-1 pair of tongs
-1 photographic paper
-Any number of small objects
-Developer chemicals
-Stop bath chemicals
-Fixer chemicals
-Hanging line
-Dark room

Step 1: Setup

Set up an enlarger and four different tubs along a line and pour different chemicals in them. Place your developer in the first tub a centimetre from the bottom. Pour a bit of stop bath in the second and do the same with fixer in the next one. Then fill the last on with cold water until just overflowing.

Step 2: Placement

Adjust the projected light (with the red filter on) and adjust size to fit the photo paper, then place your subject items on your photographic paper

Step 3: Exposure

Expose the photo paper (with objects) under the enlargers white light for about 8 seconds with the timer (if you own one).

Step 4: Developing

Place your image in the developer and leave it there for about 1 minute. Take it out and make sure to shake the drips off.

Step 5: Stop Bath

Place the image in the stop bath and leave it for about 30 seconds. Take it out and ensure it doesn’t drip.

Step 6: Fixer

Now place the image in the fixer and let it sit for 3 - 5 minutes. Take it out and once again ensure it doesn’t drip.

Step 7: Water Bath

Place the image in the water and wait about 10 minutes. Take it out and dry it well with a squidgy.

Step 8: Drying

Now hang your image and let it dry in the dark room. Leave it until its dry. After you take it down you will have your finished photogram.