I found another reference treasure, not based in collage but focused on the photogram (although some artists featured incorporate collage into their work). Separated alphabetically, this site spans a large chunk of phototogram history. There are some Hippolyte Bayard examples linked there as well as some Wolfgang Tillmans.
I began with the A’s and then skipped a few letters and worked backward from Z through P, still missing out on many consonants. Something stuck out more than the usual photgrammed objects: the human body.
The human form communicated through the photogram, whether it be the skeletal system, the physical presence of a body, or through image appropriation, are all amazing. A few examples:
Jayne Hinds Bidaut uses dryplate tintype photograms to depict her skeletons as “lost species and lost history”. (this example is actually a bullfrog)
Torsten Seidel uses enlarged X-Rays to create a ghastly sense of the human skull, or even as a representation of mortal distortion and anguish
Thomas Barrow’s contacted cliche verre prints of appropriated magazine pages featuring sassy model gestures.
The concepts behind Thomas Bachler‘s photograms are super intriguing. Although, I am not sure about the images themselves…
After seeing these examples it is interesting to consider how inanimate objects can imitate the human silhouette.
Enjoy browsing beyond what I have shared: