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Will you take part in World Cyanotype Day 2024? Open in September! Make sure to send your cyanotype to TWO places:
AlternativePhotography.com
👉 https://www.alternativephotography.com/world-cyanotype-day/
AND
WorldCyanotypeDay.com
👉 https://www.worldcyanotypeday.com/

World Cyanotype Day 2024

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Have you thought about the sustainability of photography?
Fill out the survey on the link and contribute before end of May. Much appreciated!

Sustainable photography

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Want to get seriously inspired? Check out Pure Inspiration #1
A fusion of moments and visions from artists working in alternative photographic processes – featuring 90+ inspirational alternative photographic processes images.
Want to get seriously inspired? Check out Pure Inspiration #1
A fusion of moments and visions from artists working in alternative photographic processes – featuring 90+ inspirational alternative photographic processes images.
This spring we ran our Calendar event. The entries were so inspirational we had to turn them into a book too: Pure Inspiration #1... it's awesome... what more can we say? It is jam-packed full of highly creative composites where artists have merged one or more processes, ideas, visions or concepts into one stunning image. We recommend it to expand your repertoire of techniques and find inspiration to try something new. It is a keeper.

Composites - Calendar & Journal 2025

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World Anthotype Day 2024 is coming up!
All info can be found here:
👉 https://www.alternativephotography.com/world-anthotype-day/
Take part in World Anthotype Day 2024.
Open for entries 1st-17th of August.
How to take part:
https://www.alternativephotography.com/world-anthotype-day/


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Which emulsion will you be making for this year's World Anthotype Day in August? Let us know in the comments!
Can you find an unusual emulsion? Here is the list of plants and pigments already used.

Anthotype Day 2024

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We would like to propose a GREEN Friday instead of Black Friday! Instead of buying lots and lots of stuff you don't really need: 1. Get outside in nature. Science shows it is de-stressing and extremely good for our health. 2. Spend time with family or friends and do something nice for someone, like showing them how to do alt. proc. 3. Take time to create something. Take a step back from the day-to-day stuff, and see what you come up with.
Our newsletter has had a makeover! Sign up (free of course) and choose ALL alt proc news, Cyanotype News, Anthotype News or all three! https://www.alternativephotography.com/become-a-member/newsletter/
On the 24th of November it is Buy Nothing Day, and as the name indicates; try to BUY NOTHING for a whole day. Seems simple, but can be harder than you think. Don’t buy lunch. Don’t buy a bus ticket. Don’t even buy a coffee..! TRummage around at home find a used item, and repurpose it into a pinhole camera! Find plenty of examples and inspiration from Heather Palecek on the link

Buy Nothing Day

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Dear all cyanotypes! The theme for World Cyanotype Day 2023 has been announced. It's "Inheritance"! Very interesting! Make sure you take part on the 30th of September! 👉 https://www.worldcyanotypeday.com/ 👉 https://www.alternativephotography.com/world-cyanotype-day/
Enjoy their cyanotypes - pure inspiration! For a more relaxing pace see our other video with the same tile in the link or in our posts
Sharing all the wonderful inspiration from World Cyanotype Day. 290 artists from 40 (!!!) countries. Enjoy their cyanotypes - pure inspiration. Please re-share to inspire others! 👉 See the names of the artists on link

World Cyanotype Day 2023 - Inheritance

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The ferric-lupin process was developed by Peter Friedrichsen is utilizing a sustainable plant-based protein.
Peter J. Blackburn once again gives face time to the gum-printing virtues of unmodified BFK Rives from Arches. Give it a try?
Whether to save money, time, or to explore creative options in your art, hand colored gum bichromate prints might just be the answer. Peter J. Blackburn shares his ideas.

Gumprint & gum bichromate process

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Video from a workshop in anthotypes from World Anthotype Day organized by LAFA - Laboratory of Alternative Photography, coordinated by professor Ruth Sousa and taught by the anthotype expert Narmada Sugasti for students of the University of Brasilia, Bazil, July 2023
The book "Anthotype Emulsions Volume 2" contains the collective research from World Anthotype Day from 139 artists from 31 countries who documented over 100 different plants and pigments for making anthotypes. Get your copy here on the link
As many of you know, the second World Anthotype Day took place in August. It was a success and 139 artists participated from 31 countries. All their research and notes have now been collected and are featured in the brand new book "Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 2". Artists share their process and it is a wealth of information and great for learning!

Anthotype Day 2023

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Gallery update! Paige Billin-Frye, an artist and photographer based in Washington, DC, delves into 19th-century photo processes like cyanotypes and salt prints. See her gallery on link.
Paper basics: Buffering
In alternative photographic processes, the choice of paper plays a crucial role in achieving a good print as well as in the archival quality and longevity of prints. Buffered and unbuffered papers are terms often encountered in this context. Some processes are fine with buffered papers and, in some processes, buffering will ruin the print.
António Rebolo, a photography teacher documented experiments an extensive exploration of historical and alternative photographic processes, reflecting a catalogue of alternative processes in photography. Read more on the link.

Alt. proc. processes - many more

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Need a conversation starter? This design has been known to spark interest! Are you an anthotype? Cyanotype? Chrystype? Kallitype or Daguerrotype?
Fancy a coffee? Our enamel mug features an anthotype print! Check it out:
Beautiful tones on this print! Looking for Birthday or Greeting cards made by artists in alternative photographic processes? Send this card to friends and family! See our cards on the link!

Aprons, t-shirts, cards and calendars

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You are invited! Create a cyanotype in Anna Atkins' style and send it to us. 👉 Deadline: 16th of March 2023
The Academic Year is starting and we want to bring to your attention our beautifully illustrated Anna Atkins-style wall planner. 60 cyanotypes illustrate the calendar, and artists' names are added so you can find out more about them. Comes in 3 sizes: Huge, big and medium. Great for both school planning, studio planning and office planning. See more on the link!
Our Academic year 2023-2024 is here. We've just ordered one ourselves and received it and it looks SO VERY NICE! Thank you again to all artists who contributed.

Anna Atkins

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Entry from World Cyanotype Day 2022. All the artists in the gallery here:
Check out all 333 artists' cyanotypes
Entry from World Cyanotype Day 2022. All the artists in the gallery here:

World Cyanotype Day 2022 - our Supporting Members

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This was Anthotype Day 2022... The FIRST EVER World Anthotype Day is now over, and I must say it was a success! 103 artists (!!!) from 31 countries (!!!) took part. Go make a cup of coffee, and take your time to enjoy all the wonderful work - and explore even more on the links below: To get more info on the images in the video, go to this year's gallery: 👉 https://www.alternativephotography.com/gallery/gallery-by-process/world-anthotype-day-2022-gallery-hope/ See you next year?
It's here! Get your copy!
This was Anthotype Day 2022... The FIRST EVER World Anthotype Day is now over, and I must say it was a success! 103 artists (!!!) from 31 countries (!!!) took part. Go make a cup of coffee, and take your time to enjoy all the wonderful work - and explore even more on the links below: To get more info on the images in the video, go to this year's gallery: 👉 https://www.alternativephotography.com/gallery/gallery-by-process/world-anthotype-day-2022-gallery-hope/ See you next year?

Anthotype Day 2022 - Hope

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Having completed her BA at Montana State University, Alyssa McKenna pursues alternative photography and shows her Chemigrams, Chrysotypes, Gum and Mordancages.
Leanne McPhee is an Australian fine art photographer working with Chrysotype and Salt Prints to investigate identity in living and still life forms. Take a look at her gallery!
Robert Poole, a retired University Professor living from UK with a passion of photography shares a wide range of alternative photographic process work.

Chrysotype process

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Links and dates: Anna Atkins tribute event Open 1st - 16th of March. Christmas cards 2023 event Open 10th - 24th June. World Anthotype Day 2023 Open 1st - 19th of August 2023. World Cyanotype Day 2023 Open 30th of September - 7th of October.
Now also the Birthday and Greeting cards from our card event earlier this year are done. Check out the cards that are in a variety of alternative photographic processes for you to send to friends and family. Who knows, maybe you inspire someone else to start with alt. proc?
Give the gift of knowledge. Here is a list of more great books:

Advent calendar

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An entry for World Cyanotype Day 2021 on the theme "Rejuvenation".
An entry for World Cyanotype Day 2021 on the theme "Rejuvenation".
An entry for World Cyanotype Day 2021 on the theme "Rejuvenation".

World Cyanotype Day 2021 - Rejuvenation

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A quick overview of the anthtoype process. Or learn more in the book!
A quick overview of the anthtoype process. Or learn more in the book!
Martine Marie-Anne Chartrand is on a zero-waste journey and is exploring processes such as anthotype and chlorophyll alongside her work in cyanotypes and pinholes.

Anthotype process

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Photograms is a cameraless technique, and in this photogram tutorial Stephen McNeill shares his experience.

Cameraless photography

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Summer fun! It's almost a year since we did one of these, but here it is. I would say this one is a difficult one... take a guess in the comments, and no peaking beforehand!
More on the link

Photography rebus

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Stig Marlon Weston, a photographer from Oslo, Norway, has over 25 years of experience in analog photography, emphasizing alternative processes to explore the connection between subject and image. His work, showcased internationally, focuses on landscape photography and experimental techniques. Weston also manages CYAN studio and initiated the Nordic Analog Network.
Suanne Peterson focuses on non-toxic, darkroom-free photographic processes and draws and photographs things she observes.
Bernd Hutschenreuther, born in East Germany have been using pinhole cameras, cyanotypes, developing with caffenol and most recently lumen prints.

Lumen photographers and artists

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Yago de Orbe Klingenberg is a photographer born in Spain but lives in Ecuador. He has worked in the Chlorophyll printmaking process for 3 years now and shows his work here. Born: San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain. Lives: Ecuador. Shows: Chlorophyll prints.
Canadian Émilie Léger is an award-winning illustrator and visual artist working in chlorophyll prints and cyanotypes.
Martine Marie-Anne Chartrand is on a zero-waste journey and is exploring processes such as anthotype and chlorophyll alongside her work in cyanotypes and pinholes.

Chlorophyll print process

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An entry for World Cyanotype Day 2020 on the theme "Interconnected".
An entry for World Cyanotype Day 2020 on the theme "Interconnected".
An entry for World Cyanotype Day 2020 on the theme "Interconnected".

World Cyanotype Day 2020 - Interconnect

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Pinhole photography and cyanotype: Is it possible to make pinhole photography with cyanotype? Inês Valente gives it her best shot and shares the results.
Walter Crump is a fine arts photographer whose primary alternative photography practice is constructing and photographing with pinhole cameras. He also captures the his environment with Holga Cameras and on occasion makes Cyanotype prints. See his work:
Nuala Mahon is from Ireland and her photographic work reflects her concern of environmental problems. She shows her pinholes here.

Pinholes and camera making

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Longing for summer and anthotypes? Depending on if you are just starting out with #anthotypes or if you are swimming deep in emulsions already there is a book for you.
Finally! Angela Chalmers' book "Creative Cyanotypes" arrived. I read a digital proof of it when I interviewed Angela a month ago, but there is nothing like a paper copy. I just love the creative projects in it, especially the folding paper projects. Very creative!
Share your passion in alternative photographic processes with your loved ones!

Great books

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Gallery update! Kathleen Vukasovich, from Phoenix, Arizona, creates imaginative cyanotypes using her photographs, acrylics, inks, and gold leaf. With a background in teaching and extensive travel, her work offers viewers a whimsical, magical universe.
Part 7 is the last in Matthew Bary’s series Duotone cyanotype on how to create and print the second layer of the duotone cyanotype print. It explains how to dilute the cyanotype solution for better control and shows the importance of proper registration when aligning the negative with the first layer print.
And now for the first layer!
Part 6 in Matthew Bary’s series Duotone cyanotype with detailed instructions for the penultimate step in the due-tone cyanotype process, including preparing bleach and toning solutions, exposing the print, developing, bleaching, and toning the paper.

Cyanotype artists and photographers

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