Photograph of Anna Atkins from 1861, licensed by Creative Commons.

Anna Atkins

In 1843 Anna Atkins published the first book of photography made using the cyanotype process called British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. If you are a cyanotyper, you may also be interested in our tribute event to this true pioneer. Anna Children (maiden name of Anna Atkins) is born 16th of March 1799 in Tonbridge, Kent, UK, the daughter of John George Children (1777-1852) and Hester Anne Holwell (1777-1799). The house of … Read more

Cyanotype bag from Cyanogifts.

Cyanogifts – The collective behind the cyanotype tote bags

Cyanogifts – a collective from Macedonia – channel their creativity into placing art on everyday objects, like their cyanotype tote bags. How did Cyanogifts start? Cyanogifts was an idea that started from our love for alternative photographic processes. The idea is fairly old, yet, as we say, the star constellations were not adequate to make it happen. “We wanted to place our love and passion for cyanotypes into something practical, … Read more

A good starting point for cyanotypes – learn the process

Cyanotypes are those blueprints you have probably seen. It is the best way to get started and learn alternative photographic processes. The process is easy to learn but takes a lifetime to master. The cyanotype process is easy to learn, and a good starting point for anyone who want to learn more about alternative photographic processes. Here are some steps to take when you want to learn the cyanotype process: … Read more

Movie made using cyanotypes - washing the print

Edd Carr creates what may be the first cyanotype video ever made

Edd Carr has created what may be the first cyanotype video. He was commissioned by Globe town Records in London to make a music video for Tycho Jones, and did so making over 5000 frames in cyanotypes and animating them. The music is melodic and has a nice beat and the cyanotypes are stunning. The video also deals thematically with birds and their relationship to culture and the climate crisis. … Read more

photography rebus with photo words

Photography rebus 3

Photography rebus number 3! One of our favorite subjects! Comment on this photo rebus with your answer below – and no cheating looking at the comments before. 🙂

classic cyanotype process

Cyanotype – the classic process

Cyanotype process – a modified extract from the book Blueprint to cyanotypes describing the classic or traditional cyanotype process.

World Cyanotype Day 2020 the movie

World Cyanotype Day – 265 artists in WCD 2020!

WOW!!! WCD 2020 consisted of 265 artists from 50 countries sending in their work. We NEVER expected so many entries! WCD 2020 has been a truly worldwide event. The youngest person is 5 and the oldest (we know of) approaching 80. We’ve been adding work for a week now, Day and night, and you can see all the wonderful work here: 👉 The WCD 2020 Gallery: https://www.alternativephotography.com/gallery/gallery-by-process/world-cyanotype-day-2020/ If you completely … Read more

Rockland Colloid

Liquid light emulsion, projection-speed emulsion for canvas and wood, toners and sensitizers. Cyanotype kit.

Wagner Lungov's UV solar exposure meter B

UV printing using sunlight – with total control

Using sunlight as a light source when printing can give unpredictable results. Wanger Lungov explains how a UV exposure meter can help when printing for example Van Dyke Brown, Cyanotype, Gum Bichromate and anthotypes. Writer and photography / Wagner Lungov Most of us probably started in Alternative Photography printing processes using sunlight. More than often that was in a school or community activity and just for the sake of curiosity … Read more