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Anthotypes by Malin Fabbri

Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants

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Learn to make prints using plants – an environmentally safe process. Also includes a large reference section on plants.

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Rated 9.8 based on 25 votes.

  • Format: Paperback, 100 pages, full color
  • Printed by: CreateSpace.com (and Lulu)
  • Size on Createspace: 20.3×25.4 cm or 8×10 inches
  • ISBN on Createspace: 978-1466261006
  • Publisher: AlternativePhotography.com (January 2012)
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About the book

It is possible to print photographs using nothing but juice extracted from the petals of flowers, the peel from fruits and pigments from plants. This book will show you how it is done, and expand your creative horizons with plenty of examples from artists working with anthotypes today. Anthotypes will simply make you look at plants in a whole new light. And, if that is not enough, anthotype is a totally environmentally friendly photographic process.

From Malin Fabbri

Anthotypes will make you look at plants in a whole new light. It will show you how to make photographs from the juice of flowers, fruits and plants, using a totally environmentally friendly photographic process.

Anthotype is a very delicate photographic process and an environmentally friendly way of making prints using nothing other than the photosensitive material of plants found in the garden, the flower market or in the wild. All you need to add is water, sunshine, inspiration and patience – a lot of patience!

The process is very basic and simple. Utilizing nature’s own coloring pigments from flower petals, berries, plants, vegetables or even spices, images are produced using the action of light. The natural pigment is used to create a photographic image.

What could be better? Your impact on the natural environment is virtually non-existent, and you can carry out your art with a clear conscience. Anthotyping is the ultimate environmentally friendly photo process.

About the author

Malin Fabbri moved from Sweden to London to study. She earned an MA in Design at Central St. Martin’s, but publishing her thesis felt more like a beginning than an end. Malin decided to combine her academic and practical experience and started AlternativePhotography.com in 1999. The website still maintains its origins as a source of information and research for alternative photographic processes and represents almost 400 artists. Malin actively manages the expansion of the site as editor. She researches alternative photographic processes, makes her own prints and runs workshops. Malin has also worked professionally with big media names like Time magazine and CNBC Europe. Malin is the co-author of Blueprint to cyanotypes and From pinhole to print, the editor of the alternative photography art book Alternative Photography: Art and Artists, Edition I representing 115 artists working in alternative photographic processes, and the author of this book, Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants.

Said about the book

“Anthotypes show us just how much early photography is a kind of natural magic. Malin Fabbri’s book is a real gift – a much-needed manual on this beautiful and almost-forgotten process.”

Dan Estabrook, Artist and educator.

“The anthotype is a quaint and charming nexus from the very beginnings of photography and the fertile imaginations of artist – scientists such as Herschel, Hunt, and Somerville. It is perfect in it’s simplicity, requiring only the petals of new flowers, the essences of fruits and vegetables, a little alcohol, and sunshine… all of the perfect ingredients required for a romantic vacation. Malin Fabbri has collected an abundance of anthotype information and constructed a modest and lovely book that expresses not only the beauty of the process but also her genuine affection for the organic clarity of the materials.”

Christopher James, Director MFA in Photography at The Art Institute of Boston.

Artists included in the book

  • Nancy Breslin
  • Hans de Bruijn
  • Beverly Conway
  • Dan Estabrook
  • Malin Fabbri
  • Carol Golemboski
  • Silvino Gonzàlez
  • Jake Groenhof
  • Katherine M. Hill
  • Rosemary Horn
  • Katja Krajnc
  • Nicole Lawrence
  • Sarah Lycksten
  • Scott McMahon
  • Ko Oosterwijk
  • Fabio Pasquarella
  • Jalo Porkkala
  • Martin Helmut Reis
  • Francis Schanberger
  • Nicky Thompson MA
  • Sarah Van Keuren
  • Marydorsey Wanless

11 thoughts on “Anthotypes by Malin Fabbri

  1. Imagine making photographs out of plant pigments! Here is a book by Malin Fabbi that is full of beautiful examples and research by an international community of artists. Malin does a great job of bringing a beginner into the colorful word of anthotypes and saving her or him a lot of trial and error. The book is also an amazing collection of work by artists invested in one of the earliest and most overlooked photographic processes.

  2. Learn in minutes how to create simple, beautiful photographs using the liquid essence of plants, fruits, and flowers. This charming jewel of a book overflows with visual examples, including an informative photo catalog offering scores of viable plant options for your printing pleasure. From cinnamon to blueberries, hackberry and poppy, you’ll find this easy to follow, easy on the eyes, volume both delightful and delicious! I heartily applaud Malin Fabbri and the many contributors for an outstanding offering to the world of alternative photographic processes. Ten stars and three cheers!

  3. Another inspiring book by Malin that fuses image and text and design in a new way with a Swedish flavor. There seems to be acceptance lately of low-definition, fugitive images, perhaps because high-definition, archival images are now so common. Of course the environmental friendliness of the anthotype process is deeply appealing.

  4. This book is so full of great information, all well illustrated. The techniques are simple enough for beginners, but the book would also be appropriate for experienced photographers who would like to know more about this beautiful and “green” process.

  5. As the world turns to greener and greener ideas, Malin Fabbri’s book is brimming with possibilities for the photographer! In a quick, engaging read, she has brought back to light a mostly-forgotten and incredibly simple process the requires no chemistry, just the fruits, veggies, spices, flowers in your kitchen and garden and almost no environmental impact. Through examples by numerous artists and her own experimentation, Fabbri shares experience with what has worked well, marginally or not at all -yet?. With it she gives a jump start to anyone anyone who would like to dive into this fascinating process and fuel for experimentation with the thousands of yet-unexplored plants. It’s a beautiful book for the darkroom photographer, art teacher, or nature-lover.

  6. Finally a book for photographic artists wishing to work with materials from nature. Most beautiful photographic prints can be made with juice extracted from the plants of your garden! The old printing method, invented by Sir John Herschel, never became a success commercially, nor was it very practical in terms of usability or repeatability, but for a modern artist looking for new ways to expand his/her means of expression, it is a wonderful way to make some unique work. Malin’s book is an in-depth study and step by step instructions to this astounding process… and a great source of information and inspiration!

  7. A concise, charming book, that investigates the beautiful process of natures magic. Create imagery using the purest ingredients extracted from nature. Pure simplicity, step by step instructions. Suitable for beginners, “which i am” . Excellent value for money. Thankyou to all who took part in creating this wonderful book. It really is a breath of fresh air. Thankyou Malin Fabbri & Artists.

  8. My thesis was about alternative photography. Though I couldn’t find enough information about anthotypes, it was the green process that intrigued everyone in my presentation. One year later I bought this book. Nature and alternative processes. A book that combines almost every possible natural pigment with sunprinting! A book that provides information for all the steps one needs to create an anthotype. You don’t have to be a pro, you just have to love what you’re creating. Remarkable illustration, numerous experiments, creative artists!

  9. wow… after all this time of telling others about Malins book… I finally bought it for myself…and it’s as good as I’ve been telling everybody else…

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