Exhibition: Out of the Blue: Experiments with Cyanotypes, September 1-25, 2022

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, Sept. 3
CLOSING RECEPTION: Saturday, Sept. 24, World Cyanotype Day
​The cyanotype, also known as a blueprint, is an early camera-less photographic printing process invented 180 years ago in 1842. The name cyanotype was derived from the Greek name cyan, meaning “dark-blue impression.” 

The earliest practitioner of the cyanotype process was Anna Atkins in 1843, producing Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, the first book to be fully-illustrated with photographs. A relatively simple process, the cyanotype requires merely sensitized paper, sunlight and water to create remarkable photographic images. In recent years we have seen a renewed appreciation of the blue print process and other antiquated photographic formats. 

Arts & Crafts Cooperative, Inc. invited artists to experiment with cyanotypes to create something Out of the Blue. In homage to Anna Atkins, the challenge here was to use the 19th century historical blueprint process (incorporating nature and the environment) and alter the practice with a mix of media, combining and layering alternative materials and textiles, resulting in a contemporary vision.

World Cyanotype Day is Saturday September 24, 2022. Every year on the last Saturday of September, photographers and artists worldwide gather to connect, create and celebrate this antiquarian photographic process. ACCI Gallery will host a cyanotype workshop in our garden to celebrate Cyanotype Day.

 
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