The chemigram process is actually very simple, using common household ingredients and common darkroom chemistry. It uses resists on photographic paper much the same way as wax is used as a resist in batik.There is no end to experimentation with this nonfigurative, physico-chemical process.

The chemigram process is actually very simple, using common household ingredients and common darkroom chemistry. It uses resists on photographic paper much the same way as wax is used as a resist in batik.There is no end to experimentation with this nonfi

Pierre Cordier - Pierre Cordier invented the "chemigram" technique in 1956. He applies developer or fixer chemicals directly to photographic paper to make dark or light areas respectively, much as a painter applies paint to a canvas. He changes the shape and texture of the image using "localising" materials such as varnish, wax, glue, oil, egg and syrup, and renders details by cutting into this emulsion.

Pierre Cordier is perhaps known most for his chemigrams. This is a process where you paint photographic paper with nail varnish, wax, oil, etc. These chemicals then react with the paper to create extraordinary effects and paintings

Chemigram by Cara Thuringer using toothpaste and shav- ing cream.

Anderson tells us how to make chemigrams and shows plenty of examples from her students innovative work.

This piece of work is by Pierre Cordier in 1957. It is a chemigram on gelatin-silver paper. It was given to the V museum as a gift.

A chemigram on gelatin-silver paper by Pierre Cordier, 1957 (Victoria and Albert Museum). Brassai wrote to Cordier in "The result of your process is diabolical - and very beautiful.

Chemigram by Pierre Cordier

In a moment now legendary, Cordier hit upon the chemigram method one day in…

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Using additional paints with the chemicals will give you results with varied hues and textures.

Let the world around you inspire the chemigrams you make. Recreate life your own way with this technique. Photograph/Ross Felix

Let the world around you inspire the chemigrams you make. Recreate life your own way with this technique.

Paul Kleinman, chemigram

During the month of May, Manhattan Graphics is hosting an exhibit that celebrates student work from the most recent workshop in glassprints.

Chemigram II by Ben Brain, via Flickr

Chemigram II by Ben Brain, via Flickr

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Cordelia Trupin from Boundaries, manipulated gelatin silver prints Winner of a portfolio gold key in the Art and Writing Awards

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