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Photogram exhibit opens Nov. 15 in Ferguson Art Gallery


The Ferguson Art Gallery at Concordia University Chicago presents “The Photogram—It’s Not an X-Ray!” by artist Dan Zamudio. The free exhibition is open to the public from Nov. 15 to Dec. 13. All are welcome to attend a reception with the artist in the gallery on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 2-4 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 3 p.m.

“My exhibition will focus on reintroducing one of the traditional darkroom techniques to a digital age, the photogram,” said Zamudio. “A photogram is created without a camera using only light sensitive paper and a darkroom enlarger. A photographic image is made by placing an object onto light-sensitive paper and then exposing a light source directly on both. Based on the translucency of the object, an imprint along with various shades of greys will appear on the paper after it is developed.”

Upon first look, a photogram is often confused with an X-ray, but the two are very different. An X-ray beams radiation toward an object to view the internal structure, while the photogram is strictly an imprint consisting of shadows based solely on how much light penetrates through and around the object to the paper underneath. “The final product is always a mystery. It is completely random,” said Zamudio. “The end result is exciting. Most importantly, each print is always unique.”

Dan Zamudio is a photographer and writer. He earned a Master of Library and Information Sciences degree from Dominican University and a B.A. from Columbia College in Chicago. His photographic work focuses on traditional darkroom photographic techniques. His work can be found in many private and corporate collections, and he has been featured in USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, as well as WGN-TV and Radio.

The Ferguson Art Gallery is located in Kretzmann Hall at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL. The gallery is directed by BettyAnn Mocek, professor of art at CUC and prominent Chicago artist, educator and arts advocate. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 708-209-3013.