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Product details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1ST edition (4 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456342223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456342227
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blueprint to cyanotypes is all you will need to get started with cyanotypes. It offers the beginner a step-by-step guide, from choosing material to making the final print. It is full of information and tips. Even the experienced cyanotyper may learn a thing or two. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

From Malin Fabbri: Why a book on cyanotypes?
The cyanotype is often the first alternative process that people try. It's relatively easy and safe enough to nurture a child's interest in photography. It can be seen as a gateway to further exploration of historic photographic methods. In addition, it gives experienced photographers and artists a great excuse to take their eyes off of the computer screen and get their hands dirty. Of all the alternative processes the cyanotype is the one closest to my heart.

I made my first cyanotype in 1999. I was intrigued by the blue images and wanted to test the cyanotype process to see what it had to offer. I bought chemicals and spent an evening coating paper and cloth. The results of the next day's printing surprised me.

Although the alchemy of the darkroom had always captivated me, developing a print in the sun was like a liberation. One of the things I found most refreshing about the process was the unpredictability of the results. Some of my best prints were the product of 'happy accidents'.

The developing process is straightforward. The chemicals are cheap, and most of the other items used can be found around the house. Pre-coated paper is available, but one of the benefits of working with cyanotypes is the great flexibility of material and paper available to you. Cyanotypes print on anything made of natural fibre. Cotton, linen, silk, handmade paper, watercolor paper and rags are just number of alternatives. Some artists even print on wood.

So, if you want to explore a fun alternative photographic process or seriously want to experiment with producing unique fine art, make a cyanotype. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Until I received Malin and Gary's book on Cyanotypes the only information I'd got was the 1947 BJP Almanac which devotes a whole paragraph to the subject, oh yes and a little book of formulae whose recipe was out by a factor of 100! they shall remain nameless :-)

The subject is covered in great depth with detailed instruction on every aspect of the process, the work will be a reference book for the newcomer to the process and very useful to those with a good deal of experience.

As well as being a superb introduction to the process the book will also be an inspiration to anyone who reads it. Until I read it I'd never tried to tone a Cyanotype, now I've done lots and they look great, as good if not better than Van Dyke Browns. Unlike the silver based processes Cyanotype is also eco friendly using only small amounts of water, a rinse rather than hours of washing.

I think that the Cyanotype is well suited to industrial, nude and woodland images, one can obtain a far better impression of the subject, one with more impact than a detailed photograhic print.

Thanks Malin & Gary.

Jim Read
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This book doesn't tell me anything I didn't know about cyanotype, because in fact it's a fairly simple process and there isn't a lot to know. But somehow, the look and feel of the book is quite inspiring and made me want to get back to making new prints. But it does seem expensive[ve
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I'll give this book a 10. It's an excellent overview of the

"artistic" cyanotype process. I will be using it as a resource and

also a good jumping off place to find other more technical

resources.

I'm so glad this book helps give cyanotype the respect it deserves as an art form.

I just purchased 4 more of these books to have for sale at a show

I'll be having next February on Alternative Processes. Along with

the show I'll be teaching workshops to children from the 3rd grade

to high school, so this be be great additional information and nice to

be able to offer it for sale to these students.
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The information contained in the book is fine, but the way it appears on the screen of my iPad makes it very difficult to read. Captions for images are interspersed with the main text with no clear separation and random line breaks are present (sometimes in the middle of words!).

I also think that the book is a little overpriced for the small amount of information it contains. I recommend looking for an alternative title.
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The book was a bit expensive but the content is really good. Clear instructions on making cyanotypes, which was why I ordered it.
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