Intro to Cyanotype Printing

Event Details

The cyanotype printing process was invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel and was used by one of the first female photographers to make the first photo-illustrated book in 1843. Cyanotypes are more commonly recognized as blueprints used in architecture and engineering.

The cyanotype process is one of the easiest, safest, most versatile, and least expensive of the many photographic processes available, requiring no darkroom or harsh chemicals. Cyanotypes can easily be made at home.

The workshop includes a brief history of the cyanotype, creating digital negatives (and maybe paper negatives), the simple chemistry behind the process, selecting paper, other equipment used, the various substrates the cyanotype process works with, sensitizing paper, using pre-sensitized paper, making the cyanotype print, making photograms, and making cyanotype drawings. In this workshop we will be using pre-sensitized paper.

No previous (or any) darkroom experience is needed. Please bring the following to the workshop:

1. Digital files of your own photographs to use. We will be making digital negatives in this workshop.
2. A laptop with image processing software (Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Gimp, etc.)
3. Items to create photograms (translucent and patterned ribbons, keys, feathers, flowers, grass, etc.).

The workshop will be held on Saturday, June 24, at Reuseum Educational, Inc., 3145 Chinden Blvd, Garden City, 12:00pm – 4pm

Limited to 15 students.

The workshop will be taught by Mike Shipman, photographer and owner of Blue Planet Photography

For more information, and to sign up, visit: Mike’s Webiste

All supplies for making cyanotype prints during the workshop
Equipment and supplies list so you can purchase your own kit
Instruction, image review and feedback