People have been asking me about this post in which I described my current experiments in photography, so I thought fellow LFers may be interested in chemigrams, something which doesn't get as much coverage as it should. Some total weirdo has posted Pierre Cordier's article on the subject here, and you can view some of his works on his website. I think you'll agree that it is a very creative use of photographic material (though Cordier himself denies it constitutes "photography" & his description of the process is a bit obtuse.)
i have been making cameraless, chemical &c photographs for a long time.
mine don't look like the ones you linked to. people don't know how to make heads or tails of it (still)
before sophisticated photoshop arrived on the scene, people didn't accept any of it as photography
even "sophisticated" gallerieowners insisted they were monotypes, lithos, etchings paintings &c ...
now they insist it is digital manipulation
do what you enjoy and don't pay attention to the naysayers ..
I've checked out your work before and love 'em!
Originally Posted by jnanian
Oh screw the naysayers! I'd just love to figure out how Cordier acheived some of his effects!
Other than appearances, what I dig about these processes is specifically that they "subvert" the idea of photography (as a process of recording external reality -- which like I pointed out Ansel and Cartier-Bresson etc. took as a granted.) Photography is not just about looking and recording external realities but also of creating and expressing one's own conceptions, even without a camera or enlarger. But too many photographers simplyoverlook these other techniques and don't consider them part of photography, sadly, and so end up re-shooting what has already been shot a million times already.