Blueprint to cyanotypes

Exploring a historical alternative photographic process


Malin Fabbri and Gary Fabbri

 

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An excellent beginners’ guide to cyanotypes!

Customer rating:

9 of 10
Rated 9,9 – based on 34 votes

See it before you buy?

A copy of the book can bee seen at William Morris Hunt Memorial Library at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

About the book

The cyanotype is often the first alternative process that people try. It is relatively easy and safe enough to nurture a child’s interest in photography. It can also 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 the computer screen and get their hands dirty.

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 cyanotypist may learn a thing or two.

Blueprint to cyanotypes is published by AlternativePhotography.com – a website and information center dedicated to alternative photographic processes.

From Malin Fabbri:

Why a book on cyanotypes?
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.

About the authors

Malin Fabbri, from Sweden, has over 8 years of printing experience in cyanotypes and teaching workshops. Blueprint to cyanotypes is a result of a Masters thesis from Central St. Martin’s School of Design in London, in “alternative photography”. The research for the thesis involved a lot of work with cyanotypes and also sparked the idea for the book. Malin also started the website, AlternativePhotography.com – an information centre for historic photographic methods in use today. She is still actively managing its expansion as the editor.

Gary Fabbri is from Rhode Island, USA. An early interest in writing and drawing led him to pursue both fine art painting and writing. His paintings have been exhibited throughout the east coast. His master’s thesis lead him to find work in the television industry and he moved to London to work as an editor and writer/director. As a director Gary has made numerous shortfilms, television adverts, programmes and documentaries. Gary and Malin moved to Stockholm in 2004 where Gary runs his own company, and continues to write, direct, paint and make cyanotypes.

Feedback on Blueprint to cyanotypes:

"This is fantastic book and I rate it 10 out of 10! For anyone starting out in cyanotype it is an excellent guide to making prints… I wish it was around when I was learning to do cyanotypes."

"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."

"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. This book helps give cyanotype the respect it deserves as an art form. "

"Blueprints to Cyanotypes is excellently illustrated and the description of the process is clear and crisp"

"An excellent workbook for a Cyanotype workshop. If I was starting out exploring Cyanotype this would be the book to get. The excellent photos of the processing steps makes it the best "how-to" book I have seen on Cyanotype."

"Lovely book. Well laid out and presented. Content is just as I expected – very informative."

"I enjoyed the book it reinvigorated my interest in photography . With this medium I could skip the middle man and develop my own photographs as I saw them rather than how a machine in a lab interpreted them."


10 Comments

  1. Ellen Steele
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    I just finished reading the book which was an absolute pleasure! The graphics were superb as are the cyanotype illustrations. Now I must put to use all of the things I’ve just learned……….

  2. Julie
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Excellent Resource!

  3. Catherine Willis
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Highly recommended. New to process, this book has been excellent resource & inspiration to me. Packed tight with information. Beautiful book, that i will get great use out of!!! Thankyou

  4. Victoria
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    There’s any way to buy it like an e-book? Many packages has been lost in the mail from the USA to Mexico.

  5. admin
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    @Victoria. No e-book yet. May be in the future.

  6. Mike Shipman
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    The link to purchase the Cyanotype book is not working.

  7. admin
    Posted October 21, 2012 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your patience. I’ve uploaded the eBook again, please try now.

  8. Jacco
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    The link to the digital edition is not working anymore, only the printed book can be found on lulu. I’m pretty sure the digital edition was available a few weeks ago, but I wasn’t ready to buy it back then. Am now.

  9. Posted March 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    @Jacco. It should work now, thanks for letting me know. If it does not, try this link:
    http://www.lulu.com/shop/gary-fabbri-and-malin-fabbri/blueprint-to-cyanotypes-exploring-a-historical-alternative-photographic-process/ebook/product-20849931.html

  10. Jacco
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Yes, thanks, it is working again. I’ve got some reading to do now. :-)

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