Lisa Oppenheim

Lunagrams (VI), 1851/2010

Lisa Oppenheim (American, born 1975), Lunagrams (VI), 1851/2010, unique silver toned photogram, 20 x 16 in. Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, 2018.3. © Lisa Oppenheim.

Oppenheim creates her Lunagrams by making large-format photographic negatives from glass-plate negatives of photographs of the moon taken by NYU chemistry professor John Draper and his son Henry in 1851. Christian Rattemeyer has described her process: “Exposing the paper to the light of the moon at the time of the lunar phase depicted in the original glass-plate, she creates a photogram of the moon by the moon, a self-image where the moon shows and makes itself as and through its particular characteristics of each lunar phase.”