Cyanotype – analog photographic process

Thu. and Fri. October 17—18, 1 p.m.—6 p.m.

A cyanotype from Anna Atkin’s book “British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions” from 1843

One of the world’s first female photographers – Anna Atkins – published the first book exclusively illustrated by photographs as early as 1843/44. For this purpose, she used a delightful technique of analog photography: the cyanotype. With the help of these, photo negatives as well as objects, materials or stencils can be exposed to UV light and captured on paper. In a relatively short time, an »impression« of the exposed original, colored in shades of blue is obtained.

Cyanotype prints in water bath
Cyanotype prints in water bath after exposure

Participants will be introduced to the technique of cyanotype. In the workshop, a light-sensitive liquid is first applied to a flat material. During this process, an important design decision is already made. Therefore, Day 1 is dedicated to working out the subject, applying the liquid and initial exposure tests. On the second day of the workshop, an edition can be printed and worked with various experiments. It is possible to work up to the format Din A3.

Saturday 13.00-18.00 – introduction, working out an idea, preparing the paper / material to be exposed, working out the motif, series of exposures, possibilities of correction.

Sunday 13.00-18.00 – further work on the motifs, exposure, signing of trial and edition prints.

Material: suitable paper and the other materials needed will be provided. You are welcome to experiment with materials you bring along. If you wish to expose digital motifs, computers, printers and foils up to A3 size are available to create the negative. This way you can also experiment with font etc.

3 – 4 participants

190 € (incl. 19 % VAT) p. P.

Binding registration by bank transfer to account no later than 14 days before with reason for payment: Cyanotype Workshop Month Year

Registration: Please email (plus bank transfer) to

Cancellation is possible free of charge up to two weeks before the workshop starts, after that 50% of the workshop price will be charged. Cancellation less than two days before the workshop starts will result in 100% of the workshop price being charged.

All our workshops are family friendly! Parents can bring (small) children after prior arrangement. Let us know.