The Cyanotype Process
Photography is a means of recording that is key in contemporary life, yet the early forms of the medium are not often recognised. The alternative photographic process of cyanotype is a camera-less technique that involves many of the traditional chemical practices of photography, without the need for a fully functioning darkroom. It is therefore a gateway process to chemical photography, but also offers an ability to create interdisciplinary forms of artwork.
The medium is an historical process, discovered in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, an English scientist who became interested in the sensitivity of iron salts. Around this time, the technique was used as a medium of documentation, particularly by Anna Atkins, an English botanist, who used the process to record different plant specimens through creating photograms. The medium has been widely used to create these photograms, or contact prints, moving from the scientific work of Atkins, into a more creative and artistic format in the early 20th century.
With modern technologies, cyanotype is able to offer the possibility of using digitally manipulated and printed negatives, in order to create contact prints from photographic images.
The work on show in the Viner Gallery demonstrates that the technique can form a hybrid between traditional and contemporary digital working practices, allowing artists to apply their learning through chemical exploration.
Opening Event: Tuesday 4th December, 5.30-7.30pm
Location: Viner Gallery, Wolverhampton Grammar School, Compton Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 9RB
If you would like to visit the exhibition during school hours, please make an appointment with the School by telephoning 01902 421326.
Visitors to the exhibition are reminded to park on the main School site and not on neighbouring residential roads.