Man Ray, Rayograph (Gun with Alphabet Stencils), 1924, Gelatin Silver Print, 11 5/8" x 9 1/4", Getty Center, Los Angeles, Photo by dr jk via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License. © 2013 . All rights reserved.

Just a Second: Rayograph

Rayograph (noun)

A type of photograph created by the artist Man Ray for which a camera was not used; rather, various everyday objects were placed on photographic paper and the paper was exposed to light.

Man Ray’s “rayographs,” with their barely recognizable, yet evocative subjects were greatly admired by Dadaists and inspirational to future Surrealists.