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Cyanotype stems from the Greek word cyan, meaning “dark-blue impression.” Anna Atkins, an English botantical artist and photographer, was the first person and woman to illustrate a book using cyanotypes in 1843. The process was developed in 1842 by Sir John Fredrick Willaim Herschel . I am drawn to the variety of blue tones, the ability to create overtones with organic dyes, and how expansive yet forgiveable this process can be - making it an excellent entry point for anyone to learn photosensitive printmaking.
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