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Friday, April 8 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cyanotype Workshop with Jessica Labatte

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Cyanotypes are one of the oldest photographic processes. Invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842 the cyanotype process uses a mixture of iron salts, ultraviolet light, and water to create dramatic blue and white images. The first photobook, Anna Atkins’s “Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions”, was illustrated entirely with cyanotypes. Many contemporary artists have revived the process to create innovative works of art that explore the intersection of science and art while expanding historical discourses surrounding the photographic medium. Join Jessica Labatte for a two-hour workshop to see student examples and learn this easy and immensely fun process. Each participant will have the opportunity to create four unique cyanotype prints. All the necessary supplies will be provided. Participants are invited to bring objects of varying opacities. Botanical elements make particularly interesting impressions.


Jessica Labatte

Northern Illinois University
Jessica Labatte is associate professor of photography at Northern Illinois University. Her constructed imagery investigates the materiality of photography through light, color, illusion, and paradoxes inherent in photographic representation. Her work has been exhibited in numerous... Read More →

Friday April 8, 2022 10:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Three Fires Building