Once a year the cyanotype gets special attention. Since 2015 the cyanotype is celebrated on the last Saturday in September in the yearly event World cyanotype Day. This year on the 25th of September. If you are not one of those who do cyanotypes EVERY day, it may be a good time to start. Don’t hesitate to take part in World Cyanotype Day, or WCD for short.
How to take part in World Cyanotype Day 2021 DIGITALLY
- In the gallery HERE at AlternativePhotography.com. To enable everyone who is isolated we offer a digital gallery right here. Feel free to enter. Do make our lives a little easier by following ALL of these steps to the right in the panel, please. 🙂 –> –> –>
You can see the World Cyanotype Day 2020 gallery here and the World Cyanotype Day 2021 gallery is here.
- Blueprint Spains virtual book. Scan a Cyanotype and email it to [email protected] with the subject Line WCD 2021 and it will appear in the virtual book and on their Insta: @blueprint_es
If you don’t want to send in an entry but post from your own account, we encourage you to tag these accounts:
- Use these hashtags: #worldcyanotypeday and #worldcyanoday.
- And if you want more hashtags: #worldcyanotypeday2021 #cyanotypeday #cyanotypeday2021 #wcd #wcd2021
- More opportunities: The Instagram account @alternativeprocesses curates a selection of cyanotypes, info on their Insta account.
- The Instagram account @labclube calls artists, collectives and cultural spaces in different regions of Brazil to participate on WCD-Brazil.They have been doing a videomeeting since 2015, and share info on how to make cyanotype on fabric and organizes a catalog with Brazilian production. You can see the latest catalog here (2019)
How to take part in World Cyanotype Day 2021 PHYSICALLY
Usually, photographers and artists worldwide will gather in backyards, parking lots, galleries and parks to connect, create and celebrate this antiquarian photographic process. The days things are a little different so more of the day will take part online.
- In the USA: A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas – deadline 17 September
Celebrate at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas, USA by creating cyanotype flags of their interpretation of “Rejuvenation” on white cloth. Strung together, the flags symbolize how interconnected we all are on the planet we inhabit. Mail or ship them for delivery by September 17, to: A Smith Gallery, Texas, USA. See details on the World Cyanotype Day website.
- In Australia: The Maud Street photo gallery in Brisbane
Usually, Maud Street do an installation, but this year is a little special, so it will be an online posting of a cyanotype from all of the “Cyanotype in Australia” Facebook group. There may also be a catalogue after the event. Information can also be found on the Cyanotype in Australia Facebook page. Also read the interview with Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart in Melbourne how they usually collaborate with A Smith gallery.
If you know of more locations around the world doing exhibitions, please let us know and we’ll post them here.
Need to brush up your skills? Here you can learn more
Start learning the cyanotype process in this article: Cyanotype the classic process and when you want to build your skills and deeper into the process, pick up a copy of the book Blueprint to cyanotypes.
Find inspiration by other cyanotype artists’ work
There are plenty of talented cyanotype artists and photographers in the gallery to get inspired by. Do take a look at the cyanotype galleries here.
Read more about World Cyanotype Day and how it all started
World Cyanotype Day came about as a group effort ’round a kitchen table. Here we talk to db Dennis Waltrip, the contact person for the website and the Facebook Group. She does stress that World Cyanotype Day is a group effort and Judy Sherrod – who sadly passed away a few summers ago – was the spark for it all. Read an interview with db Dennis Waltrip on how it all started.
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