Making Cyanotypes

Making Cyanotypes


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This very hands-on half-day workshop will teach you one of the simplest, most fun ways of historical photographic production, making completely unique prints with every image.

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Cyanotypes are one of the most basic, fun and easy forms of photographic printing. The English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel discovered this procedure in 1842. It creates direct blue, one-off originals which you can also make at home. The greatest thing about this process is its simplicity of production and beauty as an object. The best thing about it is that you don’t need any experience to make them!

This is a very hands-on half-day workshop which takes you to the simplest way of photographic production. You will learn skills which you can then take home to continue working with and refining which require a minimum of equipment and only limited by your imagination.

Learn about papers, the basic chemistry required to make the solution, coating, exposing and developing out the image in water. There are no darkroom skills required for this workshop, just a desire to have fun and create singular photography-based artwork.



There are no prerequisites for this course

Required Materials:

Please bring something to eat, plus a notebook and pen to record exposures. Some small objects which may be suitable for contact printing as cyanotypes (i.e. plant cuttings or small, solid objects) will also be helpful, however, if unsure, please contact the CCP for advice.