Cyanotype: The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice (Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography) (Paperback)

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Cyanotype: The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice is a two part book on the much admired blue print process. Part One is a comprehensive how-to on the cyanotype process for both beginner and advanced practitioners, with lots of photographs and clear, step-by-step directions and formulas. Part Two highlights contemporary artists who are using cyanotype, making work that ranges from the photographic to the abstract, from the traditional to the conceptual, with tips on their personal cyanotype methods alongside their work. These artists illustrate cyanotype's widespread use in contemporary photography today, probably the most of any alternative process.

Book features include:

A brief discussion of the practice of the process with some key historical points

How to set up the cyanotype dimroom

The most extensive discussion of suitable papers to date, with data from 100+ papers

Step-by-step digital negative methods for monochrome and duotone negatives

Chapters on classic, new, and other cyanotype formulas

Toning to create colors from yellow to brown to violet

Printing cyanotype over palladium, for those who want to temper cyanotype's blue nature

Printing cyanotype on alternate surfaces such as fabric, glass, and wood

More creative practice ideas for cyanotype such as handcoloring and gold leafing

Troubleshooting cyanotype, photographically illustrated

Finishing, framing, and storing cyanotype

Contemporary artists' advice, techniques, and works

Cyanotype is backed with research from 120 books, journals, and magazine articles from 1843 to the present day. It is richly illustrated with 400 photographs from close to 80 artists from 14 countries. It is a guide for the practitioner, from novice to expert, providing inspiration and proof of cyanotype's original and increasing place in historical and contemporary photography.

About the Author

Christina Z. Anderson's work focuses on the family snapshot and contemporary vanitas printed in a variety of 19th century photographic processes. Anderson's work has shown internationally in 110+ shows and 40+ publications. She has authored books which have sold in 40 countries--The Experimental Photography Workbook, Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing Processes, Gum Printing, A Step by Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice, and Salted Paper Printing, A Step-by-Step Manual Highlighting Contemporary Artists, along with Handcrafted: The Art and Practice of the Handmade Print (in Chinese) coauthored with Samuel Wang, S. Carl King, and Zhong Jianming. Cyanotype is her sixth book. Anderson is Series Editor for Focal Press/Routledge's Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography series and Professor of Photography at Montana State University. To see her work, visit
Product Details
ISBN: 9781138338838
ISBN-10: 1138338834
Publisher: Focal Press
Publication Date: February 4th, 2019
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography