process uses a combination of chemicals and controlled light exposure to produce a rich, cyan-blue tinted negative effect, like architects' blueprints.
This technique was pioneered by early photographers such as Anna Atkins, a botanist who made cyanotype
photograms (a cheap way of making copies of drawings such as a blueprint) of seaweed, algae and other seaside specimens by laying the plants on the paper and leaving them in the sun until there an outline in white of the plant emerges.
Whitman presides over the entirety, and is especially visible in the enlarged cyanotype
of Schultz's hand resting on the title page of Leaves of Grass that viewers encounter about midway through the exhibition.
The results for cyanotype
prints are never the same.
Caption: 6 "Cystoseira foeniculacea" from Anna Atkins, Photographs of Sea Algae: Cyanotype
Similarly, there's a healthy market for photographic prints made with the standard gelatin-silver and color "wet" or "chemical" methods, and even a thriving revival of the earlier alternative processes: platinum, cyanotype
, tintype, ambrotype, daguerreotype, each with its own distinctive look and feel.
To this ground, Das Gupta is experimenting with the superimposition of cyanotype
photo transfers, or blueprints, of delicate cellular bodies gleaned from husband Sanjay's medical books.
They include Lisa Zdravkovic's Beauty of Lichfield Cathedral, 2013 - a cyanotype
photograph printed by hand on watercolour paper (PS85), Angela K Dooley's watercolour View from the Cube, 2013 (PS625) and the mixed media collage interpretation of Corporation Street in former teacher Wendy Brown's Birmingham Today, 2013 (PS300).
Subjects include Pin-Hole Cameras (August 18, 20, 22, 26 and 28) and Cyanotype
Pictures (August 19, 21, 25, 27 and 29) - watch light exposing your pictures.
xvii) reveals that Maderna sent him a cyanotype
copy of the manuscript, which became the motivation for Rizzardi's search for the lost work.
The Bubbler's recent Cyanotype
Workshops are a good example of this approach.
In "Multiple Modernisms," three sculptures by Elie Nadelman ground a cacophony of pattern and figures: familiar images by Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keeffe, a patchwork Maurice Prendergast promenade, a wild and crazy Thomas Hart Benton hoedown, an early oil by Edward Steichen as blue as a photographic cyanotype
, a scared and sullen boy by Robert Henri.