Matthew Gamber is Editor-in-Chief of Big RED and Shiny, an online arts journal for the visual arts in New England and is currently a Professor of Photography at Savannah College of Art and Design. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
As one of the first photographic methods, the photogram was empirically valued for its ability to "trace" an object by direct contact. To view a photogram was to view the recent absence of the object that had touched the paper. The need to experience that moment of that contact outweighed the shortcoming of its description.
Television programs are broadcast and lost. Though the signals can transduced into another form and replayed via magnetic recording, the presence of the initial broadcast is lost when replayed. Pressing the photographic paper against the tube, heat and light emanating from the tube are relayed. Inscribing its own light, the television image is self-inscribed, fulfilling the desire to span distances, making illusions more present.