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  1. a silhouette photograph made by placing an object directly on sensitized paper and exposing it to light.
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Origin of photogram

First recorded in 1855–60; photo- + -gram1
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Examples from the Web for photogram

Historical Examples

  • For working with a brush upon the photogram, the materials are simple and few.

    A Handbook of Illustration

    A. Horsley Hinton

  • A method of making them was recently described by "Teinte" in The Photogram.

    Photographic Amusements, Ninth Edition

    Walter E. Woodbury and Frank R. Fraprie

  • No words nor paintings, not even the photogram itself, can reproduce one tithe of the grandeur here enthroned.

British Dictionary definitions for photogram


  1. a picture, usually abstract, produced on a photographic material without the use of a camera, as by placing an object on the material and exposing to light
  2. obsolete a photograph, often of the more artistic kind rather than a mechanical record
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