Class Image Creating Cyanotypes

Creating Cyanotypes

The Cyanotype is a beautiful historical process using sunlight and photographic chemistry hand-applied to watercolor paper to yield wondrous blue and white photograms. This process was first discovered in 1842 by a young female botanist, Anna Atkins, and her mentor, William Henry Fox Talbot. Anna Atkins is considered the first female photographer, and later produced the first photographic book using the cyanotype process to document British Algae! The Cyanotype has become popular among photographic artists who seek to step away from digital and return to the slower, more experimental processes of the past. In this workshop, students will each create multiple cyanotype prints using natural or found objects. We will also have time to explore the "wet" cyanotype process, which is a fun experimental variation! All materials will be provided, and absolutely no experience is necessary!