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This one-day, hands-on workshop, led by alt process expert Monika Fabinjanczyk, will introduce you to, not one but two alternative photographic processes. Spend a creative day and learn the beautiful and historic Cyanotype and VanDyke Brown printing processes. Expand your photographic skills with this one-day intensive workshop.

Cyanotype:
One of the earliest ways of creating an image with light.  This intensive workshop will give you a thorough grounding in making cyanotype prints of your own work, and the chance to experiment on different types of paper and on fabric.

Cyanotypes are contact prints of a negative or object on photosensitised paper (or other suitable material), exposed to sun or other UV light source. Rendering negatives or objects in Prussian blue, cyanotype is a straightforward but highly enjoyable process of printing. Photosensitive emulsion is brushed onto paper by hand, which makes each print unique. This camera-less, iron based technique was invented by John Herschel in 1842.

Van Dyke Brown:
VanDyke brown printing is an iron-silver print process dating from 1842. It takes its name from the colour cast of the final print – a deep brown, similar to the popular paint pigment, VanDyke brown. Like many of photography’s earlier processes, VDB is a contact printing process, where a negative, or object is placed on photosensitised paper (or other suitable material) and exposed to the sun or another UV light source. Photosensitive emulsion is brushed onto paper by hand, what makes each print very unique. It’s a process that’s reasonably easy, affordable, and can be done without the need for a darkroom.

The workshop covers: a brief history of the processes, an introduction to the chemicals and equipment needed, how to mix the chemicals; what kinds of paper / materials to use, different sources of UV light. It will also explore paper coating techniques; contrast control options; bleaching; and toning using everyday materials such as tea and coffee.

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As it is much more fun to work on your own images, participants are invited to provide their own digital image files prior to the class. If you’d rather learn on standard course material that is fine too. We will then turn your images into suitable negatives in advance (printing them on transparent medium) and you will work with them and print them during the workshop.

Participants should send 4 digital images (unless you have your own large format negatives) to [email protected]

Resolution 300dpi, size 5×7’’ (2000 pixels on longer edge).
Choose images that have a good tonal range – ie images that have details both in the highlights and in the shadows.

Workshop fee includes all materials :: A handout detailing how you can continue to make VanDyke Brown & Cyanotype prints on your own is supplied. Happy printing!

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