Kerry Herschell

Kerry Herschell, a devoted photographer, recently fell in love with cyanotypes and explores them for unique storytelling. Inspired by global…

Buy Nothing Day and Green Friday 2023

Buy Nothing Day

No, no, no to Black Friday! Instead of going crazy for stuff you don’t need on Black Friday – or any of the other zillions of sales that go on in November, chill out and take part in Buy Nothing Day, Green Friday or even Circular Monday instead. Buy Nothing Day On the 24th of November it is Buy Nothing Day, and as the name indicates; try to BUY NOTHING … Read more

Sefie taken by Heather Palecek's with her strainer pinhole camera.

Building a pinhole camera from found objects

Heard of the Thrifted Pinhole Challenge? Heather Palecek is running an event where pinheads are invited to build pinhole cameras from found objects, we had to find out why, when and how. Writer and photography / Heather Palecek What is the Thrifted Pinhole Challenge? Heather Palecek: The competition involves people going to a thrift store on or around August 17th to purchase something unique and turn it into a camera, … Read more

Map of alternative photography artists around the world

4 ways to connect with alt. proc. people in our community

Part of being in our community is the opportunity to meet like minded people, who don’t give you a blank stare when you talk about alt. proc. and who doesn’t seem to tire of the subject. Take the opportunity to check in both at home and when travelling, it can be a very enriching experience! Writer / Malin Fabbri I set foot on New Zealand soil at 5 am. Blurry eyed but excited … Read more

Cyanoroid camera pan

Making a cyanotype multi-exposure camera

Is it even possible to make a cyanotype camera? Pedro Leal shares how to make a cyanotype camera that takes several instantaneous cyanotypes in one image. Writer and photography / Pedro Leal   I made walking into an aesthetic project, and I register the experiences through drawings, and visualise images accompanied by thoughts, which I write down. But, I wanted to bring together the experience of images and thought and … Read more

BFK Rives for Gum Printing? Seeing is Believing

Peter J. Blackburn has found his favorite gum bichromate paper. One that he used to shun. And one that needs no sizing. Writer and photography / Peter J. Blackburn Gum printing for me began in 1988. From the beginning, I ignored the advice of many gum experts to use toxic sizing by searching for ways to print bright, crisp gum prints on unaltered paper. “BFK Rives was the very first … 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

Cyanotype by Rita Mungiardi

Rita Mungiardi

Rita Mungiardi, an Italian artist, active in many cultural fields such as theatre and literature, also explores cyanotypes. From: Treviso, Italy Shows: Cyanotypes Rita Mungiardi, after taking her degree, worked at a Graphic Art School for many years. She loves travelling and meeting people all over the world and takes the opportunity whenever possible. Her curiosity led her to explore most kinds of art. First of all, theatre, followed by … Read more

Use a daily planner or journal to stay focused on your art project.

How to use our journal to find time for your art

Unless you have more time than you need, a daily journal is a great tool to make room for art in your life and stay on track with your projects. We show how to use our journal and explain the steps to plan out your goals. As a tribute to Anna Atkins, we created a yearly journal, to showcase the work done by 60 cyanotype artists in the style of … Read more

Twinrocker Handmade paper

Questions & Advice: 800-757-8946 Ordering: 765-563-3119 Email: twinrocker (at) twinrocker.com Website: http://www.twinrocker.com/ Where: Brookston, IN, USA Ship: Locally and internationally   The dedicated staff of fine craftspeople have set the highest standards for the papers, both in beauty and performance. Aesthetically innovative, Twinrocker was the first hand mill to make a wide variety of sizes and shapes, including circular and square sheets. Papers are made in dozens of sizes from 2″ … Read more

All images from WCD 2023

World Cyanotype Day 2023 – all the links you need

World Cyanotype Day 2023 is now over. 290 cyanotypes were entered in our online gallery – and really made the day. There is just so much inspiring work! We would love to get your feedback on the event, please comment below! Make a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy the show. These are the links where you can find inspiration. See this year’s Gallery here: 💙   https://www.alternativephotography.com/gallery/gallery-by-process/world-cyanotype-day-2023-gallery/ See … Read more

Two negatives are placed on a piece of cotton cloth: size approx. A2.

Cyanotypes – how blue can you get?

Ray Harris gives an overview of the cyanotype process and his interpretation of blues and shares his cyanotype process. Writer and photography / Ray Harris Anna Atkins was born on 16 March 1799 and produced the first book to include ‘photographs’ which were in fact, cyanotypes. This post goes into more detail on making cyanotypes at home. The process, in its simplest form, is to mix two chemicals to produce … Read more

Mono Lake – Black Point, argyrotype, untoned, © Don Nelson 2022

Interview with Don Nelson author of Kallitype, Vandyke Brown, and Argyrotype

Don Nelson has been actively pursuing alternative photographic processes since 1983. He now shares his knowledge in the new book Kallitype, Vandyke Brown and Argyrotype. We interview him to find out more. Writer and photography / Don Nelson What inspired you to write this book? Don Nelson: I have used quite a number of alternative processes since 1984: platinum/palladium, carbon transfer, kallitype, Vandyke brown, argyrotype, salted paper, wet plate, etc. … Read more

Perdita Phillips cyanotype

Perdita Phillips

Perdita Phillips from Australia focuses on environmental issues and works with aspects such as sound and video in her installations. From: Walyalup/Fremantle, Australia. Shows: Cyanotypes. Dr Perdita Phillips is an artist living on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja focusing on environmental issues and social change since 1991. Often conceptually driven, she has an expansive practice working in installation, environmental projects, walking, sound, video, sculpture and publishing. She has been making cyanotypes and … Read more

Some flattering results on the first tests of BIO-ECO developments have given impetus to continue, between intuitions, attempts, unknowns, failures, successes.

Bio-Eco film developments for black & white photographic film and paper

Gabriele Coassin shares his experiments in the ecological-biological development of black-white films, the results of a two-year long experiment. Writer and photography / Gabriele Coassin Developing with Coffee Grounds, Dried Sage and Laurel The new millennium offers us the rebirth of ecological and popular photography, which today I am recovering, years later from my youthful experiments, thanks to the rediscovery of old formulas and alchemies found in a booklet published … Read more

Cyanotypes toned using avocado

Cyanotype Toning with Avocado Stones

Clive Pigott tries out Annette Golaz’s recipe for toning cyanotypes with avocado. The original recipe can be found in Annette Golaz’s book Cyanotype Toning alongside many other recipes. Writer and photography / Clive Pigott I was first introduced to alternative and historical printing techniques back in the early 90’s, when I was in my late 20’s. I had picked up an anniversary copy of the British Journal of Photography which … Read more

The True Inverted Digital Negative Figure 7

The True Inverted Digital Negative

John Riches at TruNeg has a method using mathematics to fix the failure of the inverted image to make a workable negative. If nothing else, a great lesson in how digital negative works. Writer and photography / John Riches at TruNeg Disclaimer: Please note this product is for sale. We do not get any kickback from this article, and we have not tested the spreadsheet. The article contains enough information … Read more

Academic wall planner 2023-2024

Wall planner in Anna Atkins style – for 2024 or the academic year

Anna Atkins tribute planners featuring 60 beautiful cyanotypes in honour of Anna Atkins. This year we ran an Anna Atkins tribute event and 90+ artists sent in cyanotypes. 60 were selected. If you are looking for the calendar, it’s here or the journal here.   Anna Atkins tribute planners 2024 wall planner The Anna Atkins tribute planner 2024 is a yearly wall planner for you to hang on your wall … Read more

The Entries for World Anthotype Day 2023

World Anthotype Day 2023 – the video

See all the wonderful artists from World Anthotype Day 2023! Go to the gallery to see the names: 👉 https://www.alternativephotography.com/gallery/gallery-by-process/world-anthotype-day-2023-gallery/ Or in the database here: 👉 https://www.alternativephotography.com/anthotype-encyclopedia/anthotype-database-all-emulsions/ Subscribe to our newsletter to get notified next time: 👉 https://www.alternativephotography.com/become-a-member/newsletter/