Simple Cyanotype (Mike Ware New Solution)- Ellie Young – 1 Day

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  • February 14, 2021
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Mike Ware has developed a “Simple’ sensitizer contains no toxic dichromates or oxalates, making it safer for children and the environment. The ‘one-bottle’ sensitizer is faster than an average ‘Classic’ two-bottle formula, but still slower than ‘New’. It has excellent tonal separation with a high Dmax of ~1.5 and it can provide an exposure scale varying from 2.7 to 1.8 depending on the sensitizer formula, so the contrast can be fine-tuned to match widely differing negatives – an innovation which has not been possible with cyanotype.”

More information:

This process requires no other chemicals, can be exposed in sunlight and developed simply in water. Cyanotypes provide a beautiful image in stable Prussian blue pigment. The image colour may be easily modified by a variety of toning agents.

Sir John Herschel’s traditional cyanotype process, now practiced for 166 years, became known as Blueprint, the first reprographic process. It is one of the oldest, simplest, safest, and cheapest alternative photographic process. Mike Ware developed the New Cyanotype in 1995 renown for the beautiful extended tonal range and now has offered the world the Simple Cyanotype which offers a tonal range and range of contrasts.

This is a hands on workshop where the participants will produce a number of photographs.

An important part of the workshop is demonstrating how to mix the solution and comparing the 3 different solutions: traditional , new and the simple cyanotype.

Outline of the day:

  1. Making the simple cyanotype solution
  2. The negative (includes instructions on creating digital negatives)
  3. Paper choices
  4. Coating methods
  5. Exposure
  6. Processing – (includes toning)

All materials including lunch is provided – Starts at 9.30 am and concludes at 4.30 pm


All materials supplied including lunch