Anthotypes

The handwritten letter from Mrs Mary Somerville to Sir John Herschel, please note it is dated September 20, 1845

Did Sir John Herschel or Mrs Mary Somerville discover anthotypes?

According to my research, it was Sir John Herschel who discovered the anthotype process and not Mrs Mary Somerville. As soon as I publish an article or text mentioning “Anthotype” and “Herschel”, I invariably get comments saying that it was Mrs Mary Somerville who “invented” the anthotype process. I have not seen any evidence of this in my research and share my findings here in chronological order. Writer / Malin … Read more

Wood engraving of Sir John Herschel from 1971

Plants as Photographic Media

Printing with plants is growing in popularity since it is sustainable and easy to learn. Mike Ware gives us an overview of the difference between anthotypes, photosynthesis and chlorophyll printing. Writer and photography / Dr Mike Ware In January of 1839, the invention of photography was publicly announced, independently by Louis Daguerre using silver-plated metal sheets, and by William Henry Fox Talbot, using writing paper coated with silver salts. Within … Read more

Cyanolumen by Suanne Peterson

Suanne Peterson

Suanne Peterson focuses on non-toxic, darkroom-free photographic processes and draws and photographs things she observes. From: Medford, Massachusetts, USA Shows: Anthotypes, Chlorophyll prints, Cyanolumen, Cyanotype and Lumen Suanne is a teacher and avid gardener living in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. She lives with her husband, their daughter and two cats. When she is not at work or weeding she likes to hike, ski, and experiment with non-toxic (or less … Read more

Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 2 - large cover to share

Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 2

by Malin Fabbri   The second book in the series from World Anthotype Day “If you are looking for a resource of Anthotype emulsions, then this book is exactly what you need!” – Christopher Osborne, editor Silvergrain Classics Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 2 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2023. $14.00 Download eBook (PDF) directly. $22.00 Buy eBook (PDF for Kindle) from Amazon Kindle. Buy from Amazon.com … Read more

Ana Solo Forgotten Sounds book

Forgotten Sounds – A Journey of Sustainable Art with Anthotypes and Sonic Exploration

by Ana Solo   Buy the book here – published by Ana Solo Forgotten Sounds – A Journey of Sustainable Art with Anthotypes and Sonic Exploration is a cross between an artist’s book and a short reference book where Ana Solo shows her art and talks about her process. $7.00 Download eBook (PDF) In which format is the eBook? eBook: The eBook is in PDF format.   What is included? … Read more

The main parts of the paint-can camera.

In-camera Anthotypes – a world first, and perhaps also a last?

If stuck on a desert island, John Marriage chooses to keep himself amused with anthotypes, since plenty of pigments and an abundance of time would be at hand. He shares his experiments with in-camera anthotypes. Writer and photography / John Marriage A week before a July 2017 meeting, I had a phone call asking for a short talk on “What camera would I take if I were stranded on a … Read more

3 anthotype books

We now have 3 books on Anthotypes – enough to inspire someone?

Once you most likely felt that spark of inspiration, the one that initiated your creative process. Why not inspire someone else to get creative? We now have 3 anthotype books that may just be the perfect gift for someone? Or maybe for yourself! Anthotypes – Make photographs using plants   This book will show you how it is done, and expand your creative horizons with plenty of examples from artists … Read more

Anthotype notes

Do you document your anthotypes?

Watch the video to see how we document our anthotypes, in the same format as used for World Anthotype Day. Read more about the Anthotype Notebook or get your copy. Using this notebook, or another to document your anthotypes means you learn from your prints and experience. It also means that if you are taking part in World Anthotype Day next year, you already have the documentation ready to go.

Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1

by Malin Fabbri   The first book in the series from World Anthotype Day Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2022. “Dedicated artists from all over the world experiment and contribute their valuable discoveries page by page. The beauty is alluring, and the possibilities are endless.” Peter J. Blackburn. $12.00 Download eBook (PDF) directly. $18.00 Buy eBook (PDF for Kindle) from Amazon … Read more

Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1

by Malin Fabbri   The first book in the series from World Anthotype Day Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2022. “Dedicated artists from all over the world experiment and contribute their valuable discoveries page by page. The beauty is alluring, and the possibilities are endless.” Peter J. Blackburn. $12.00 Download eBook (PDF) directly. $15.00 Buy eBook (PDF for Kindle) from Amazon … Read more

Anthotype Notes - Document your Anthotype Process notebook cover

Anthotype notes – Document your anthotype process

by Malin Fabbri   Buy the anthotypes notebook here – published by AlternativePhotography.com This notebook contains pre-defined pages with enough room to document 50 anthotypes. Rated 10 – based on 11 votes $00.00 Download printable eBook (PDF) directly. Free for Supporting Members – become a member and email talk@alternativephotography.com. If you are already a member, email us and we’ll send it! $8.00 Download eBook (PDF) and print it yourself. $18.00 … Read more

Anthotype emulsion database

Anthotype emulsion database

The Anthotype emulsion database is a collection of anthotypes that artists have contributed on World Anthotype Day. Find an emulsion for your anthotype and learn from other artists’ notes. All anthotype emulsions with examples of prints The 2022 entries in Book format: Anthotype Emulsions, Volume 1 – The collective research from photographers on World Anthotype Day 2022. Turmeric, spinach, red cabbage, blackberry, spirulina and beetroot seems to be the most … Read more

Rose petals used to make anthotype prints

About World Anthotype Day

How World Anthotype Day started and how to take part in World Anthotype Day – on the 3rd Saturday in August. Join the anthotype newsletter and you will be notified. How World Anthotype Day started The initiative of World Anththotype Day was started here, by us, after sending out the Anthotype Day survey and getting an overwhelmingly positive response. The core team for the first year consists of Malin Fabbri, … Read more

Anthotypes, colouring and food colouring

An excerpt from Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants. Pigments normally thought of as food dyes can also be used to make photographs.

J.F.W. Herschel taken by Julia Margaret Cameron

The chemistry of anthotypes

An excerpt from Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants. Sir John Herschels description of how light changes pigment to make an anthotype.