classic cyanotype process

The New Cyanotype process (Ware)

The cyanotype process, also known as the blue print process was invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842 and is still performed today by many darkroom enthusiasts.

kallitype vandyke vdbrown argyrotype

Formula overview for Vandyke, Kallitype and Argyrotype

As they are similar in their make-up, many confuse Kallitypes with Vandykes (also called Vandyke Browns) and even Argyrotypes. Wynn White clarifies things for us in this overview. Recipes for the fixer is also included.

brush coating

Coating your paper using brushes

This is a how to, what with, what on and how much to use article and though it’s aimed at Cyanotype printers it can be used, with patience with other processes needing coating.

Cyanotype by Farah Mahbub

Interview with Farah Mahbub

Farah is lecturing photography at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan. She shows us that when it comes down to it, a photographers passion of their art is the same wherever you work, although in some places it’s a bit more difficult to get hold of the right tools.

Jill Enfield

Interview with Jill Enfield

After Jill’s book on alternative processes appeared, Robert A. Schaefer Jr. took a look at Jill Enfield’s work.

Free downloads of alt. photo. proc. books

Free books on alternative photographic processes you can download. Whole books – or parts of books – generously given by authors. Book on alternative photographic processes for free A NON-SILVER MANUAL Cyanotype, Vandyke Brown, Palladium & Gum Bichromate with instructions for making light-resists including pinhole photography by Sarah Van Keuren Sarah Van Keuren’s book with lots of ideas for workshops and on a wide range of alternative photographic processes. Download … Read more

Community rules

We don’t like too many community rules, but some are necessary. Here they are – the rules for the Facebook group, the Google community and anywhere else is involved to create a community: No nudes. This site is open to everyone that includes educational institutions and cultures where nudity may be offensive. State the process you are using if you post images. For example “Gum bichromate, taken during…” No … Read more

Alternative photography books sold here

Alternative photography books published by us and sold here (and other places) on alternative photographic processes such as cyanotype, anthotype and gum bichromates. Why buy here? After charges, the money goes directly to us. By buying here you contribute towards the running of If you buy using the Amazon links we get a smaller percentage, but still something! Most importantly, get a good book and keep learning! Anthotypes  Anthotypes … Read more


Please read this carefully before accessing the website for ( and and any section within (the "Sites"). By using the Sites you will be deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions that appear below. The Sites are owned and operated by Malin Fabbri. If you have any questions, please contact us. These Terms were last updated on 29 November 2002. Introduction There is no specific time limit … Read more

About us is all about historical photographic methods in use today – that means mixing emulsions and coating paper by hand. Learn how to print photographs with these techniques, and share your experiences with others. We are a non-profit organization and rely on contributions from supporting members. We have spent 23 years and 100 000+ hours developing it. Not one person gets paid to do the work, it’s all done voluntarily.  … Read more

Alternative photographic processes A-Z

Instructions and recipes on how to work in alternative photographic processes and non-silver techniques. Instructions are provided by photographers and teachers working in the process, written with a practical approach, so; enjoy learning a new process. Have fun! If you are new a good starting point is the cyanotype process and if you want an environmentally friendly process start with anthotypes. Albumen prints Replacing the salt print process by the … Read more

Books on alternative photographic processes

We only list the books on alternative photographic processes we truly recommend on the subject. If you buy through the links to Amazon, a small percentage of the price will go towards running this website. If however, you choose the options where it says “Buy directly from the author” most of the money goes to the author. Books on more than one alternative photographic process The Massive Paper chart by … Read more

Join our photography community

The photography community centres around artists working in alternative photographic processes, and especially those who share knowledge or images. As you know, sharing is also learning! The community is also about personal meetings, online or offline, here is an example of a Wonderful Way to Meet. So, don’t hesitate to join in! Take part in one of our events We regularly run events and every year at least one members-only … Read more