Cyanotype Workshop - printing with the sun

Join to learn about the history of photography and create beautiful unique prints with berliner blue

Saturday, July 17th 2021, Berlin

Photography is magic. Today, with a camera in each pocket and constant image bombing behind every corner, it is hard to imagine a time when images could not be recorded.

Thankfully, a bunch of curious people lived before us who saw nature as a beautiful and intricate mystery, given to us to be solved. Optics, the science of light, paired its efforts with those of alchemists and scientists to pursue the unthinkable: capture light.

CYANOTYPE, dating back to the 1840s, is one of the earliest methods to do just that.

The great experimenters of the past spent years in labs and studios, coming up with all the inventions we now take for granted.

Photography changed the world, and our ways to see it.

Get insight into the history of early photography and learn one ancient printing technique: Cyanotype.

Every Cyanotype is a unique piece made by you and the sun. Its characteristic deep blue, also called Prussian Blue or Berliner Blue, makes it one of the most beautiful techniques to work with and color the world. 

THE WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO:

  • BEGINNERS WHO WANT TO  LEARN HOW TO MAKE THEIR OWN PRINTS
  • PHOTOGRAPHERS, AMATEURS AND EXPERTS, WHO WANT TO EXPLORE A NEW PRINTING METHOD
  • ALL LOVERS OF BLUE AND ANYBODY WHO IS CURIOUS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY

The spots are limited: we can accommodate a maximum of 8 participants – book your spot now!

©Anna Motterle

Program:

Morning:

10.30-12.00am 

A brief introduction to printing with light

basic light knowledge

photosensitive materials

projection and contact print

Some history of cyanotype, pioneer Anna Atkins and the different techniques (wet, dry, sun, solar lamp, negative, transparencies of objects)

Coating of paper 

Break

Afternoon:

12.30-16 pm

Creating your image (we provide a lot of materials!)

Printing a lot

The Darkbox Camera Workshop

If cyanotype is not enough... find out more about the other workshop we are offering!

©Kirsten Heuschen

The Trainers

Kirsten Heuschen is a Berlin based artist working with experimental processes.

After spending time in the US and Brazil she studied photography at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, where she received her diploma in 2008.

She has developed her own technique of décollages. They are based on cyanotype, one of the oldest techniques to create a stable photographic image. She has been receiving a studio grant from the cultural senate of Berlin since 2012. She has extensive teaching experience (cyanotype) and her work have been displayed in national and international exhibitions.

Anna Motterle is a photographer living and working in Berlin. She has worked with light and photosensitive materials for many years, learning by means of practical training and a lot of experiments. Her passion is history and she is fascinated by the chemical of it. She will offer a comprehensive introduction to cyanotype.

Details

Where: Liebigstrasse 12

When: 17.07.2021 at 10.30 am

Who: The workshop is open to a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 8 participants

Investment: 70 euros

If you bring a friend: you get 30%off (you pay 49€)

We provide the materials. You just have to show up! 

    Contact us through this form to reserve your spot!