19th-Century Photography: Cyanotypes

19th-Century Photography: Cyanotypes -

At: Pundole’s Auction House, Ballard Estate, Mumbai; On: 2nd February, 2018

Cyanotype printing was developed around the same time as its albumen counterpart in the early 1800s, but it used salts of iron to produce blue-coloured prints on a white background. It was widely used in mapping architectural projects and biological documentations and inspired the coining of the term ‘blueprint’. Our workshop was for a select group of six photographers who were given a firm grounding in the subject by Prof. Mukherjee of Santiniketan, a keen practitioner of alternative photography. The participants were then handed out digital negatives of their previous works, which they used to create beautiful cyanotype masterpieces.