Presenting images selected from the museum's permanent collection by curator of photographs, Russell Lord, the exhibition included a range of processes, from daguerreotypes to cyanotypes
, to photogravures, to gelatin silver, dye-transfer, and inkjet prints.
One may also use smaller quantities of the two components to prepare the cyanotype
material, as long as the concentrations and relative volumes of each of the reactants are kept the same.
Today, as in the 19th century, the processes required to create calotypes, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, cyanotypes
and tintypes are time-consuming, messy, cumbersome, erratic and sometimes downright dangerous since they often require use of such toxic chemicals as ammonium chloride, arsenic and cyanide.
process provided the means by which the first photographically illustrated book was produced and, pre-dating Fox Talbot's celebrated book of photographs, The Pencil of Nature, it was made by a woman.
Dark blue impressions known as blueprints or cyanotypes
, normally associated with architectural design, is one of the most permanent photographic processes known.
Redniss illustrated Radioactive with cyanotype
She explains how to make light-sensitive materials for developing unique digital images and techniques to transfer them to various substrates, including glass and canvas, as well as ways to make prints inspired by early processes like anthotype, cyanotype
, tintype, daguerreotype, photogravure, and Polaroid, and traditional printmaking processes like monotypes, collagraphs, and etchings.
Whether as an architectural blueprint or a photogram, the cyanotype
is infinitely alluring.
' blue' prints show two worlds -- one of women across the world and other of her family album and growing- up years.
Tomoko Abe's Solar Tailings is a wall-sized mural 3 x 20 feet with glazed porcelain abstract solar shapes and their shadows in a cyanotype
print on Washi paper.
In her 1990s Wild Women Don't Get No Blues series, Amaki creates photographic collages that are printed in cyanotype
on cotton muslin.
In 1842, astronomer Sir John Herschel invented the chrysotype, which produces images in collodial gold, as well as the more popular cyanotype
process, which results in brilliant blue images.