Blueprint to cyanotypes: Exploring a historical alternative photographic process Paperback – 4 Apr 2006
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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.
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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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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.
"artistic" cyanotype process. I will be using it as a resource and
also a good jumping off place to find other more technical
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the colour of cyanotypes - prussian blue and its lush soft tones are hard to beat - another lets capture light fantastic book from the Fabbri;sPublished on 27 Sept. 2013 by 41
We ordered this through our College library as we have been experimenting with the cyanotype process for the last 6months with a very high success rate. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2012 by Mike Doyle