Cyanotype

 

Cyanotype 

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Invented by John Frederick William Herschel in 1842, cyanotypes have a deep blue hue. Famously, the first photographic book was created by Anna Atkins in the 1840s to create photograms of algae in cyanotype. It is a more affordable photographic print because it does not use metals like silver, platinum, or palladium. Commercial cyanotype paper became available in 1872 and was used in the building industry for drafting site plans (i.e. blue prints) until the 1950s. In the 1960s alternative processes, including cyanotype, were revived and brought back into the photographic tool box.*

Cyanotypes are the perfect introduction to alternative processes. Affordable, unique, and easy to apply to a multitude of substrates, try your hand at making your own in one of our workshops.

Cyanotype Workshops

 

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*For more information on the history of cyanotype and the print itself read The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes: Cyanotype by Dusan C. Stulik and Art Kaplan.

Luminaria’s Capabilities

David Hyams, master printer and our co-founder, has spent his career understanding the chemistry behind alternative processes. With cyanotype in particular he has focused on extracting a wide tonal range in an otherwise compressed process, and using cyanotype combined with other alternative processes to create different hues and details. Some of our capabilities include:

Digital negatives

Cyanotype requires contact printing, meaning the negative is not enlarged but printed 1:1 on the paper. With calibrated digital negatives we can take any of your digital images and output the perfect negative for your final print. Print sizes are dependent upon the file size of your digital image.

Wide tonal range

Our calibrated digital negative are designed to elongate the tonal range in process known for being very compressed.

Split process printing

Perhaps you want the tonal range of a platinum palladium print with the rich blue of the cyanotype. Easy.

Glossy finishing

Cyanotypes have a matte surface. We can add a glossy finish with a final coat of gum arabic, enhancing contrast.

Sizes

Our exposure unit allows us to print up to 24x36 inches.

Prices

Our pricing is based on materials costs and your customization requirements. Because of this we can only provide a basic estimate of pricing on our website. Contact us to discuss your needs or schedule an appointment to visit our lab and samples.

  • 8x10 | $80
  • 11x14 | $150
  • 16x20 | $250
  • inquire for larger sizes

Workshops

Crafternoon: Cyanotype Scarves
50.00

March 10, 1-4

Cyanotype is a chemical process that is sensitive to UV light and creates prints in blue tones (it is also called a blue print). In this mini-workshop you will learn how to apply cyanotype to cloth and print photographs onto it. The photograph can be a photogram (using an object as the negative) or printed from digital negatives of digital images. You are encouraged to bring your own objects for photograms. If you would like to use a digital image for a nominal fee, you can email us your image prior to the class so we can have it ready to go.

$30 + $20 materials fee

Crafternoons are non-refundable

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Crafternoon: Photograms
50.00

April 14, 1-4

Instead of negatives, photograms use objects to block light from a light-sensitive emulsion. They are simple, design-oriented images that can be as minimal or ornate as you like. In this mini-workshop we will use cyanotype and gelatin silver paper to make photograms with found objects, pressed-plants, and our bodies. You are encouraged to bring your own objects for photograms.

$30 + $20 materials fee

Crafternoons are non-refundable

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Photo Safari: Central 9th and Cyanotype
100.00

May 5-6

Central 9th is an eclectic neighborhood full of character and home to Luminaria. Day 1 will include a short tutorial on the properties of cyanotype, how to photograph to maximize those properties, and time to explore the urban landscape. Day 2 will primarily be in the studio printing digital negatives, coating paper, and making cyanotypes from the previous day’s safari. Digital cameras are preferred as there will be no time to develop film. Cell phone cameras are not discouraged.

Photo Safaris are non-refundable. They require a minimum of 3 participants or they may be canceled. You will be notified of a cancelation two weeks prior to the workshop ,and your money will be refunded.

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Crafternoon: Murals
55.00

May 19, 1-4

Photograms use objects to block light from a light-sensitive emulsion, creating a 1:1 ratio between object and print. In this mini-workshop we will use large sections of paper and/or cloth to print a wide array of objects and our own bodies to create a mural scene in cyanotype. We recommend you sign-up with two others as we will create groups of three to work on their own murals which you will take home at the end of the session. You are encouraged to bring your own objects for photograms (and they can be big!).

$30 + $25 materials fee

Crafternoons are non-refundable

 

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Photo Safari: Nature Photography and Cyanotype
100.00

July 7-8

July is a fabulous time to explore the Wasatch Front and photograph everything from wildflowers to vistas. Day 1 will include a short tutorial on the properties of cyanotype and how to photograph to maximize those properties before we caravan to the Avenues Twin Peaks trailhead. Day 2 will primarily be in the studio printing digital negatives, coating paper, and making cyanotypes from the previous day’s safari. Digital cameras are preferred as there will be no time to develop film. Cell phone cameras are not discouraged.

Photo Safaris are non-refundable.

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Summer Workshop: Introduction to Alternative Processes
675.00

This class has been canceled because Snow College is hosting Mary Virginia Swanson at the same time. We will be at her workshop and encourage others to enroll. Email info@luminariaslc.com, or join our mailing list, for information on when this class may be offered again.

More information at https://www.snow.edu/community/summersnow/swanson.html

June 14-16

This introduction to alternative processes touches on the basic techniques of contact printing, digital negatives, UV exposures, and hand-coated emulsions. Students will work with cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, and Kallitype to learn basic skills and form the basis for future classes focused on one medium.

Summer Workshops require no minimum of enrollment but the maximum is 6 students. We will refund 80% of the fee if you cancel 3 weeks prior to the first day of the workshop. We will refund 50% of the fee if you cancel 1 week prior to the first day of enrollment. No refunds will be issued with less than 1 week notice of cancellation.

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Summer Workshop: Introduction to Digital Negatives
1,050.00

June 21-23

Many alternative processes are done with contact printing and not negative enlargement. Prior to digital negatives, cumbersome and expensive medium and large-format cameras shot large negatives. At Luminaria we combine digital and darkroom techniques to design digital negatives for the process you want to print. In this class you will learn the basic principles for calibrating negatives for any process you like.

Summer Workshops require no minimum of enrollment but the maximum is 6 students. We will refund 80% of the fee if you cancel 3 weeks prior to the first day of the workshop and 50% if you cancel 1 week prior to the first day. No refunds will be issued with less than 1 week notice of cancellation.

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