The Cyanotype process dates back over 160 years and was discovered by Sir John Herschell in 1842. It was the first successful non-silver photographic printing process. In 1843 scientist Anna Atkins used the cyanotype process to produce illustrations for her book "Photographs of British Algae" which is regarded as the first book to be illustrated by photographic means. Anna Atkins is also regarded as the first female photographer.
Being a simple, cheap and more or less permanent technique: Cyanotype enjoyed an extended period of commercial success as the blueprint process for copying drawings and plans for industry. It was only made obsolete by the invention of dry, plain paper photocopying.
Cyanotype is an old photographic process that makes beautiful, one-off cyan-blue print images. This course will cover the application of chemicals to either paper or fabric and the exposure of an image either by using a contact acetate negative or by the making of a photogram, thereafter how to develop the image.
Students should bring along a selection of photographs and / or drawings to make into a negative image. All materials will be supplied.
All materials and notes are included in the price of this workshop. No previous experience of printmaking is required.
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