Cyanotype & Van Dyke Brown | Belfast Exposed

Cyanotype printing and Van Dyke Brown printing are both contact printing processes, where a negative or an object is placed onto photosensitised paper or fabric, and exposed to the sun or a UV light. Photosensitive emulsion is brushed onto the paper by hand, making each print unique. This camera-less, iron-based technique was invented by John Herschel in 1842.

Cyanotype produces a Prussian cyan-blue print. Van Dyke Brown produces a deep brown print, similar to the popular paint pigment, Van Dyke Brown.

What you will need
Participants must email up to 4 digital images of your choice to Conor at
Images should have a resolution of 300dpi, a size of 5×7’’ (2000 pixels on longer edge), and should have a good tonal range.
We will then make your negatives in advance for you to work with them and print them during the workshop.
Equipment and materials are provided.

What you will learn

– A brief history of the processes.
– An introduction to the chemicals and equipment needed.
– How to mix the chemicals.
– The paper choice and paper coating techniques.
– The different sources of UV light.
– Explore contrast control, processing, exposing, bleaching and toning.
– Safe and proper handling of materials.

Dates: Saturday 28 September 2019
Times: 10am – 4pm
Fee: £95
Location: Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegal Street, Belfast, BT1 2FF
Booking: Contact Conor at

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