Introduction to Cyanotypes

Create beautiful handmade prints of any image using one of the oldest photographic processes!
The April 21st workshop has been postponed. Check back soon for a new date.

The cyanotype, or blueprint, is a beautiful way to interpret and print many photographic images. Even a digital image from a smartphone can be source material for this unique printing process. Cyanotypes are one of the least expensive traditional printing processes and something you can continue on your own at home.

In this workshop we will learn where to buy and how to mix the chemicals for this popular process. We will learn different coating methods and see results from different types of substrates. Participants will be required to submit 1 digital photo prior to the workshop, so that one digital negative can be made for each person to print. Participants should also consider bringing interesting shaped objects to use for making photograms (shadow pictures). Cyanotype is a contact printing process, therefore printed images will only be as large as the negative used so keep that in mind when submitting your image.

This is the type of print you’ll be making in the workshop with the chemicals hand brushed onto paper.

What you will learn:

  • How to mix the cyanotype sensitizing solution from basic chemicals
  • About fine printable papers and alternative substrates
  • A variety of sensitizer coating tools and methods
  • How to run exposure tests for the optimum cyanotype exposure
  • How to process, display and store cyanotypes

You will leave with 2-3 beautiful cyanotype images at the end of this mini workshop!

What you will need:

  • One digital photo submitted no later than one week prior to the workshop. We will convert this into a digital negative for you to use.
  • Objects to make into a photogram such as found objects or plant clippings.
  • Something to take notes with.

 

  • Cost per person is $175 early registration, $200 late registration.
  • Workshop price includes a $15 materials and chemistry lab fee.
  • Doors open at 8:45am.
  • Workshop starts promptly at 9:00am and ends at 1:00pm.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a class is 8.
  • Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.
  • One digital photo submitted no later than one week prior to the workshop. We will convert this into a digital negative for you to use. Submit via WeTransfer. You don’t need an account or any login information, just add your file. Enter our email address DCPSUBMISSIONS@GMAIL.COM and enter your return email address. Hit Transfer and you’re all set!
  • You are also encouraged to bring objects to make into a photogram such as found objects and plant clippings.

Barry Snidow

Barry Snidow is a professional photographer and photo educator living in Dallas, Texas. With over 35 years experience shooting commercially, making fine art and teaching college level photography, Snidow brings a wide breadth of photography experience to the table. “My goal is to help students achieve their photographic potential through solid technical coaching, honest criticism, and never-ending encouragement, while always remembering that learning must be fun”.

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