Chlorophyll process

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

Chlorophyll prigment print by Almundena Romero

Chlorophyll printing and pigments

Chlorophyll printing is a sustainable photographic process using plants and pigments to develop a print or a cameraless photogram. Almudena Romero shares her knowledge of the process. Writer and photography / Almudena Romero Since the 1840s, artists have used organic techniques to produce photographs, sometimes using flowers, as is the case in anthotype printing, and sometimes by blocking or exposing plants to UV light. A lot can be learned about … Read more

print by yago de orbe klingenberg in the chlorophyll process

Chlorophyll prints – nature expresses itself

Chlorophyll prints by Yago de Orbe Klingenberg are high quality and beautiful, step by step he shows how he achieves this result. Writer and photography / Yago de Orbe Klingenberg About Yago de Orbe Klingenberg’s Chlorophyll prints: “My work is immersed both, in the Amazonian indigenous cosmovision and in the origins of photography, allowing nature to express itself: plants reveal their vital force in pictures where we can apreciate our … Read more

Chlorophyll print

How to preserve Chlorophyll prints

Bárbara Morais shares her process of preserving – otherwise unstable – Chlorophyll photographs, making them UV resistant. Writer and photography / Bárbara Morais “Nature is the final place where memory lies.” Binh Danh. Mr. Binh Danh, the photographer who has made famous the chlorophyll prints, said that this is a whole process of attempts and errors, in which “only one in every five prints is successful”. To make it even … Read more

The chlorophyll process

The chlorophyll process is an organic alternative photography process akin to the anthotype process. However, instead of printing on the crushed extract of fruit or plant matter, the prints are bleached by sunlight directly onto the surface of leaves using a positive. Tiffany Pereira shares her experience with this process.