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Pierre Cordier:

An Inventory of His Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Cordier, Pierre, 1933-
Title: Pierre Cordier Photgraphy Collection
Dates: 1958-1976
Extent: 13 items
Abstract: The collection consists of thirteen abstract images by Pierre Cordier using the chemigram process.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-00057
Language: English
Access: Open for research. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials.
Use Policies: Ransom Center collections may contain material with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in the collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Ransom Center and The University of Texas at Austin assume no responsibility.
Restrictions on Use: Authorization for publication is given on behalf of the University of Texas as the owner of the collection and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder which must be obtained by the researcher. For more information please see the Ransom Centers' Open Access and Use Policies.

Administrative Information

Acquisition: Purchased from Helumt Gernsheim, 1976 (R-7314)
Processed by: Kait Dorsky, 2017

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of thirteen abstract images by Pierre Cordier (Belgian, born 1933) using the chemigram process. The process was invented by Cordier in 1956, and involves painting with varnish, wax, or oil onto photosensitivie paper and exposing the paper using direct light, without the use of a camera or enlarger.

Related Material

Additional works by Corider can be found in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.


"The Chemigram: Definition," Pierre Cordier, accessed 18 May 2017,

Index Terms


Brassens, Georges, 1921-1981.
Cordier, Pierre, 1933-.
Gernsheim, Helmut, 1913-1995.
Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904.
Man Ray, 1890-1976.

Document Types

Photomechanical prints.

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