In the Digital Age of photography, when cameras are available to everyone and millions of photographs are taken every day by thousands of people across the world, the role of an art photographer has to differentiate itself from that of all others.
For some photographers, this has meant a revived use of the photogram process. For most, the closeness and relationships between all involved materials has an attraction for them, with many photogram photographers wanting the same elemental pictures and image making as those in the Dada movement.
The photographers who use photograms today, however, have the opportunity to make so much more of every image they produce. This is due to two main advances in technology, the invention of colour photographic paper and the creation of digital image manipulation software.
The photo paper many of the modern photograms are made from is a special paper which contains different dyes which can be selectively removed to create a coloured print.
By scanning prints the post-development processing available through computer software allows photographers to add colour, to reform, manipulate images, create tones, patterns and altogether change the image into something not possible in the physical world but achievable through computers. This adoption of technology transforms photograms into digital art, and with computers so much in our world today it is not surprising that they have become an important part of the process used by photographers.