Saturday, July 22 at 10am
First discovered in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, the cyanotype process was initially utilized to make blueprints. In 1843, however, Anna Atkins - the first photographer to use the process to create photograms - self-published the book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, thus placing the process firmly within the realm of photography. To this day, cyanotype is widely employed in conjunction with botanical specimens, but contemporary artists have found new and unique applications of the technique.
The workshop will be led by The Halide Project, a local non-profit that promotes traditional and alternative methods of photography. Try your hand at this historic photographic process in one of Philadelphia’s most historic sites! Pre-coated cyanotype paper will be provided; all you have to bring are negatives and/or objects to create photograms with. You may also forage for items in the cemetery upon arrival. There will be a “clothesline” gallery set up on-site where participants can hang work to display. This workshop is recommended for teens, and prior photography experience is not required.
The workshop will take place on Saturday, July 22 at 10:00am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
The cost is $15/person.